Olympic Valley - Part 4 "Descent Into Paradise"
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Olympic Valley - Part 4 "Descent Into Paradise"

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The tram was out of service for the day so we had no choice but to make a full descent through Shirley Canyon and back down into Squaw Valley over 2k below. What is there not to like? Along the way will pass a gorgeous hidden alpine lake, various waterfalls and lush forest including a monstrous tree. The canyon is very steep therefore you can see that cliffs kind of line its walls as we rock scramble to reach the forest floor. There is a story about one of the Grosh Brothers who discovered rich silver in what is known today as Virginia City. When one of the brothers passed away the other one set off into Squaw Valley trying to push through this very canyon. Sadly the brother died due to severe frostbite in both legs during a blizzard where he refused to have them amputated. If he would have made it over the mountains to file his claim he would have been accredited with the discovery of the Comstock Lode. Early explorers like Fremont and even the Grosh brothers would have probably seen the same things you are seeing in this clip. Back in the mid 1800s some of the miners were terrified of a Bigfoot like creature that use to cross the River below which according to the Washoe who were aware of it claimed it was aggressive. This canyon seems to be a focal point for Bigfoot sightings perhaps because it serves as a gateway into the Granite Chief Wilderness and many other remote peaks which are nearly inaccessible. Remember it is safe to take your dogs or even your kids through the canyon as long as you use proper caution. and do not let them out of your sight. If your looking for a five star hike with the family this would be it just keep in mind you will need some lower body strength and good footwear if you plan on conquering paradise! I put together clips from my descent its a cozy little hike so many quiet places to take a dip or sit on a rock and just enjoy the view.


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