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Twin Lakes Trail

Shaver Lake, CA

Twin Lakes Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shaver Lake, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Bald Mountain Trail

Shaver Lake, CA

Recent Reviews


15 hours ago

walking

An easy trail for kids! We really enjoyed it.


16 hours ago

off road driving

Fun trail. I did it in my stock 2015 jeep wrangler unlimited rubicon. Got through most of the rock pile with only a few scratches on my rock sliders. That's one thing I would recommend are rock sliders. I Used them more than once.

on Dinkey Lakes Trail
1 day ago

fishing
1 Completed1 Reviews

Pretty easy trail...heavily used


2 days ago

on Dinkey Lakes Trail
7 days ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

up hill some but beautiful

on Bald Mountain Trail
7 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Rancheria Falls Trail
10 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Dinkey Lakes Trail
13 days ago

backpacking
2 Completed2 Reviews

The road to get to the trailhead was very bumpy and rocky, even in a 4 wheeled drive truck. The hike in was not too rough if you take the loop clockwise. There are gradual inclines throughout. We hiked to lake swede, the third lake on the trail and set up camp. The view was beautiful. We did a little fishing and had some success. The hike back was pretty much downhill with a stretch of steep decline, which is why I suggest going clockwise on the loop. There are pretty waterfalls along the trail and lots of creaks for water.

on Dinkey Lakes Trail
14 days ago

hiking
2 Completed1 Reviews

Once you made it to the lakes it was all worth while. It was breathtakingly beautiful, almost surreal! The hike was fun the whole way. We spent the hike back discussing and planning our next trip. To say the ride up to the trail head was "rough" is a huge understatement! It was almost treacherous, however let me preface by saying we were in a small VW Jetta. It is a road that practically requires an SUV or a truck. Somehow we made it up & down with no damage to the car, but we were lucky. Next time we will make the trip in a larger truck.

on Twin Lakes Trail
14 days ago

backpacking
3 Completed2 Reviews

One of my favorite spots. Moderate backpack and excellent day hike. There is a descent climb as the trail starts, but is basically flat or downhill after Potter's Pass. This lake is popular so don't plan on being having it to yourself, however there are plenty of spread out camp spots so it doesn't feel crowded.

on Twin Lakes Trail
14 days ago

backpacking
3 Completed2 Reviews

on Rancheria Falls Trail
19 days ago

hiking
3 Completed2 Reviews

Dirt road to the trailhead is bumpy with lots of rocks and chunks of leftover asphalt, you can make it in a small car if you take it slow at certain points, I have a Hyundai Accent and had no issue making it to the trailhead. When you get to the trailhead there is limited parking and a restroom at the beginning of the trail.

The trail itself is well maintained and there was no debris or obstructions the entire length. The trail is split between nice shaded and unshaded spots the entire length, there are also several spots where you can walk a tad off the trail to catch your breath if need be. Just about all of the elevation increase is at the beginning of the trail, after that it pretty much levels out the remainder of the way to the falls.

When you get to the end of the trail you are greeted by the beautiful sight of the falls, which when we went were going in full force. The trail ends in a little spot well short of the upper part of the falls, but if you are feeling adventurous you can climb up some rocks and get in for a closer look, there is also a nice rock ledge that pokes out above the lower viewing spot that makes for a good place to take a picture in front of the falls.

We started the hike at around 10AM and there were 2 groups that had started around the same time and were just ahead of us, we passed a fair number of people on their way back down, as well as several groups with multiple dogs, toddlers, or babies. Once we were done at the falls and turned back there was a significant increase in the number of people going up the trail, so you are probably better off starting this earlier rather than later.

Overall a pretty easy but enjoyable hike!

on Bald Mountain Trail
19 days ago

off road driving
1 Completed1 Reviews

Had a blast, very nise trail. I'm hoping to go soon again.

on Rancheria Falls Trail
20 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful falls, lots of water, perfect weather!

on Twin Lakes Trail
21 days ago

camping
1 Completed1 Reviews

My husband and I did this trail with our pups to see how we'd all do for our first over nighter together. The upper lake is beautiful. Many good spots to scout to set up camp. The hike in is gradual incline the first 2 miles, then drops into the lakes. Hiking back up that drop gets the blood pumping with a pack on but the entire trail is great. Went 7/2/16, great clear skies, no tent needed, just some deet! Hardly had to layer up. Maybe got to 50 at night, 80+ in the day. Sun is intense up there. Lots of day hikers on this trail. Definitely a popular place. We will be back!

on Maxson Trailhead to Hoble...
21 days ago

backpacking
11 Completed10 Reviews

Great hike. It is actually 4.5 each way. Real good campsites near lake.

on Indian Pools Trail
25 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Drive through china peak resort. Pair of trash cans farthest east end, beyond residential trailers/RVs marks the trail head. Smooth walk w/couple of really rocky spots. +Dog friendly. Could not take jogging stroller all the way in. Beautiful red woods, wild flowers and stream along the way. Nice deep pool, saw some people jumping from rocks. Awesome sandy shore area to play in while rainbow trout swam by.

on Rancheria Falls Trail
25 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Well maintained trail, comfortable hike. +Dog friendly. Able to push jogging stroller the whole way. Bumpy road to trail head before you get to the parking lot. Beautiful falls/scenery. Abrupt drop point render difficult access to actually come in contact w/the water.

on Rancheria Falls Trail
26 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

on Bald Mountain Trail
28 days ago

off road driving
5 Completed4 Reviews

Midnight madness what a blast.