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Sierra North: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada
by Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless & Thomas Winnett (Wilderness Press)
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
by Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall (The Mountaineers Books)
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.
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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