Showers Lake

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California

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Showers Lake is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 8,709 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 587 feet.
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Showers Lake is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 8,709 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 587 feet. This trail connects with the following: Schneider Camp and Pacific Crest Trail (TRT).
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Distance: 0.8
Elevation Gain: 587 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 8,709 feet
Top Elevation: 9,225 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Showers Lake
Parks: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Elevation Min/Max: 8709/9225 ft
Elevation Start/End: 8709/8709 ft
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7/21/2009
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This was a great hike! The wildflowers were the best I have ever seen in California in July, no shortage of water. We crossed several streams. You can see Lake Tahoe from an overlook rock by the lake and from the trail dropping into the meadow as well. The lake is chilly but beautiful. There are several nice spots on the west side of the lake, especially if you move away from it a bit. The breeze kept the mosquitoes at bay but there were plenty around! This was a very busy place, even midweek, maybe because it's not very far in and doesn't require a permit.



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