Shealor Lake

Pioneer, California

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A short trail leads to an attractive lake: a fine destination for a picnic lunch, a refreshing dip on a hot summer day, or a great place to skip rocks.
Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

by Mike White (Wilderness Press)

A short trail leads to an attractive lake: a fine destination for a picnic lunch, a refreshing dip on a hot summer day, or a great place to skip rocks.

© 2016 Mike White/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Pioneer
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 175 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours
Season: Best July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest at 209-295-4251, www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Tragedy Spring
Topo Map: Shealor Lake Topographic Map
Guide Book: Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

6/11/2014

Just went for an nice overnight trip to Shealor Lake. The current actual trail is not the same as shown on this guide. This guide shows the older trail, which is not currently maintained (we used GPS to hike the actual trail shown in this guide the month before). The current trail is a shorter, more direct path, and is well-marked. It is steep & rocky in a couple of places--my wife needed to use her hands & feet to negotiate the trail safely at those spots--but most of the trail is not that steep.

6/5/2014

Lovely trail across a massive granitic/volcanic mount down to the lake. Not sure why it's listed as being best from Jul-Aug, but I thought June was beautiful. Clouds and thunderheads do gather in the afternoon in the Sierras in early summer, but a morning hike here was awesome. Lot's of wildlowers across the scrabble and in the granite fissures. I actually saw Lewisia spp. which is hard to catch due to it's very short blooming period before disappearing completely. More than half the trail is readily apparent, with the rest being pretty well marked with cairns (small stone piles) on the open granite. That being said, it would be easy to get off trail if not paying attention, which is easy to do with the fantastic views! I think the overall elevation change listed is probably correct based on the starting and ending elevation, however, the trail rises to a ridgeline (7680+) and then drops down to the lake (7200), making the total change over 400. Will definitely do this one again when I just need a short outing.

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