Showers Lake

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California

Elevation Gain587ft
Trailhead Elevation8,709ft
Elevation Min/Max8709/9225ft
Elevation Start/End8709/8709ft

Showers Lake

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).

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Sierra North: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada (Wilderness Press)
Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless & Thomas Winnett
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"Showers Lake is one of the best camping areas between Hwy. 50 and Hwy. 88, with numerous campsites and good angling for brook trout. En route, the trail passes through the Upper Truckee River drainage, offering panoramic views of immense volcanic formations."
100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books)
Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
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"Meandering meadows, glowing with brilliant masses of alpine blooms: lupine, scarlet gilia, mountain pennyroyal, several shades of paintbrush, and vibrant yellow mule ears. Showers Lake lies within the wildflower garden of the Sierra Nevada and is at its best in early summer. Wildflowers are not the only reason to hike here. Showers Lake is an ideal destination with numerous campsites and wonderful boulders for picnicking. As an added incentive, there is an alternate, scenic loop route that may be followed on the way back."

Showers Lake Trip Reports

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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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Trail Information

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Nearby City
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Lake Tahoe Management Area; Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Carson Pass Information Center
Local Contacts
USFS Mokelumne Wilderness; USGS Caples Lake, Carson Pass, Echo Lake
Local Maps

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