Tahoe Area - Swim near Olympic Valley, California
Olympic Valley,California
39.20217, -120.27053
GPS: 39°12'7.8"N 120°16'13.9"W
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State: California


Several swimming holes in California, west and south of Lake Tahoe - including the Eldorado N. F. and Desolation Wilderness. For details...Courtesy of swimmingholes.org

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From Olympic Valley, California

  1. Head west on Squaw Peak Rd toward Granite Chief Rd (0.4 mi)

SHIRLEY CANYON [SHIR]: The waterfall pools along the Shirley Canyon trail in Squaw Valley offer the perfect chance to cool off. It is a great, beautiful hike up Shirley Canyon any time of year but this is a very seasonal swimming place. The flow may be too strong in spring and too little late in the summer - so be careful. Along the trail, there are several pools large enough to take a dip or to swim, depending on the flow level.

To get here: From exit 194 on I-80 (near Truckee), go south on RT 89 to the signs on the right for "Squaw Valley". Turn west (right) on Squaw Valley Rd., follow the main road to the west through the entire Squaw Valley development area until you come to the westernmost end of the road where there are condominium buildings. The trailhead is rather apparent in between the condo buildings. Park here, but be careful NOT to park in the private condo parking areas - there is public parking along the road right at the trailhead for the Shirley Canyon trail. Hike up this beautiful trail along Squaw Creek and you will find pools of various sizes. PHOTO 1 , PHOTO 2 . LAT, LON lat=39.203892, lon=-120.251241(source: google maps) (accuracy:general area) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Verified. Very confident. Updated 12/6/06.

SHIRLEY LAKE [SHIL]: If you continue up this canyon (about 2.5 miles one way from the parking area), you will come to the pristine, beautiful Shirley Lake, which is described by a visitor:"The real gem here is Shirley Lake. It's a small alpine pond filled with crystal clear, snowmelt offering an arctic dip in the hottest heat of summer. Edged with snow even in July, the beauty of Shirley Lake is beyond description." PHOTO 1 , PHOTO 2 . Polar bear swimming! SHIRLEY LAKE: LAT, LON lat=39.20217, lon=-120.27053(source: DeLorme) (accuracy:exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Verified. Very confident. Updated 12/6/06.

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