Schneider Camp

Eldorado National Forest, California

Elevation Gain1,624ft
Trailhead Elevation8,352ft
Elevation Min/Max8352/9164ft
Elevation Start/End8352/8352ft

Schneider Camp

Schneider Camp is a hiking trail in El Dorado County and Alpine County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Eldorado National Forest. It is two miles long and begins at 8,352 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,624 feet. Along the trail there is a meadow. This trail connects with the following: Showers Lake, Schneider Cow Camp Road, Pacific Crest Trail (TRT) and Strawberry Creek Road.

Schneider Camp Professional Reviews and Guides

"Anyone who has hiked in the Lake Tahoe area knows how popular this region can be. In fact, some hiking areas in the region are downright overcrowded, and for good reason. The scenery here is often spectacular, and the hiking is generally easy. This hike, traversing subalpine terrain for the entire distance, is by far the least-used trail in this area, save for the Showers Lake environs. Subalpine Showers Lake sees steady use, especially on summer weekends, but offers fine swimming and an exceptionally scenic setting."

Schneider Camp Reviews

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This was one of my least favorite hikes so far. It is a steep incline about 1,000 feet from a canyon floor to the top. It is sandy and rocky on the trail. In sections it is all gravel and traction is difficult. It is dry, no shade, and a constant switch back to the top. Once you are there, the view towards Lake Tahoe is gorgeous, but then you have a 600 foot decent and a very steep incline back up. The lake was nice, small but pretty. I burned 2,000 calories on this one hike that took 3 hours. I ran most of the way back down to make up some time. If you want grueling exercise steep trail in the sun, this is it, but I have done many others I would repeat before this one..not to mention it was the opening of hunting season and we walked through at least 10 men with riffles. I just hoped that I wouldn't be mistaken for running game...yikes

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Trail Information

Eldorado National Forest
Nearby City
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Eldorado National Forest
Local Contacts
Eldorado National Forest map; Mokelumne Wilderness map; USGS Caples Lake
Local Maps

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Oct 2018