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Someone needs to post where the trail head starts. The directions tab brings you to “unknown location” which was the entrance to a winery. After a while of searching for a trail and nowhere to park but on busy Silverado Trail, I left. Went to River Ridge by the Napa Golf Course. Lots of parking, lots of bikers. Felt safe and open. Not the best views and no challenge but easy to find

Enjoyable hike, not too bad. Convenient parking right at the trail head. I do suggest going clockwise around the loop so you end up doing the steep switchbacks on your way back down from the ridge.

one of the most beautiful alpine lakes. unfortunately has been discovered by too many people.

Question: has anyone day hiked this? Thoughts?

Loved this backpack trip. Did a slight detour up to gilmore lake for lunch then back on trail to Half moon. Fairly steady incline the whole way there, so if you like hiking up with little relief this is your trail. Had place to ourself and actually camped at Alta Morris, a bit of scrambling to get to alta and loss of trail but geographic markers and following edge of half moon lake helped with direction across granite boulders. Alta was well worth it, had the whole lake to ourselves, saw two couples in the distance the whole weekend.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike. Definitely moderate if you’re just doing Miners Trail. If you add in the Corcoran Trail the difficulty and work out goes up.

Don't be like us - check the weather beforehand so you don't end up hiking here when it's 100° outside

backpacking
14 days ago

Had a great time this weekend hiking to Showers. However, I’m confused. Title says Showers, but description doesn’t quite get you there. Luckily, there are maps at the Carson Pass station. Grab one! The trail starts as described. A moderate ascent, then down into a meadow, we stayed on the PCT, after the cabins to your left, you will come to some wood posts with one distinctly directing you towards Showers. There will be one more ascent around mi 4.3 and at 5.5 you should be at Showers. We set up camp on the boulder side which was good as we were protected from the howling winds. In the summer I would leave no later than 1 pm to get to the lake at a reasonable time and find a good camp spot. Oh and we got engaged!! So now it’s my favorite :)

Great view from the top. I could see this hiking bing amazing during a season when it’s not so hot and dry. I would recommend bring LOTS of water and some good shoes. This hike is a little challenging.

One of my fav hikes

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful hike with some great views. Wildflowers were still blooming as of 7/28. We had 2 GPS trackers which marked it off at 16.5 miles. With the 3000+ elevation gain, it was probably on the harder side of moderate.

Susan, no wilderness permits are needed for this trail but you need a fire permit if you want to have a fire in an already established ring. You can get those online. We camped along the east shore which requires walking through some brush, but it was way more private, swimming is better off the west shore though. Did this trail about a month ago and plan to go back. Beautiful but the mosquitos were absolutely horrible, like hide in your tent horrible.

Question - Do I need a trail pass to backpack here?

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful wildflowers. After Gilmore Lake split it’s pretty much flat. If you want to swim not the lake for you. Lots of grass along the shores and felt more like a very big pond. Not like your typical alpine lakes you see in Tahoe. Still a great workout. I clocked 11.5 on Strava.

Great hike. Highest place I’ve gotten to in my backyard

backpacking
1 month ago

trail was good and clear . paradise lake phenomenal like always

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, although it is more like 17 miles to the lake and back. The meadows were spectacular and great views.

The trail can be slightly steep in places, but other than that it’s pretty straightforward. The views of the valley are amazing, plus there is the view of the reservoir at the top.

Been here before and it’s amazing! But today, June 10th, the trail was closed to do fire nearby :(

backpacking
1 month ago

Pretty lake, secluded. Tougher hike than I expected. Map shows it as 5.5 from Glen Alpine but it felt more like 7. Could just be my lack of conditioning backpacking though. Wildflowers were outstanding. Loose rock on parts of trail were tough on feet.

backpacking
1 month ago

I was worried that this trail would be too advanced for me, since it was my first ever solo backpacking trip. But it was AWESOME. Like Weston said (in the reviews), the wildflowers were in FULL AND AWESOME bloom. There were lots of people at the lake, which may have just been because of the weekend after 4th of July, but one of the groups was super loud. I'd go during the week if you're going on peak season. Oh, and I went through about an ounce of bug spray. The mosquitoes are there to eat you alive. But the trail was fantastic, the meadows were amazing, the hills were manageable and fun, and overall, it was a trip I would happily take again.
You can still hear the freeway from the 80 most of the way up there, and there are planes overhead. It's hard to dock a star for that because, well, life is life. But I'll be looking for more off-the-beaten-track trails in the future.

backpacking
1 month ago

Saw 0 people. Amazing views all around. The right half is all meadow and left in granite and trees- left is your best bet for backpacking. All facing a beautiful waterfall. The hike is very easy after the Gilmore lake split.

By far my favorite trail this year. I took the Hetherington Loop both ways to get off the fire road a bit. No real waterfalls left, but the creek was still moving a little bit. I stood beside it and it reminded me of the Calm app. Even with the shade, it heats up quickly, so take lots of water and start early. I finished at 11 AM and was sweating pretty good.

I did the loop clockwise as others suggested. Wonderful views as you start ascent. Love getting off the fire road and onto single track. I saw a doe with her two youngsters, turkeys, and lots of lizards. There were some loud talkers and bicyclists early on, but once you get off the main trails, it quiets down a lot.

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging climb but beautiful vistas once you reach the ridge.

It’s a challenge on a hot day.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hiking area. Trails are marked and easy to navigate. Mines are short but cool. Scenic!

trail running
2 months ago

This is definitely one of the most beautiful spots in the area. It does get crowded on the weekends, and there's not much shade. Either clockwise or counterclockwise it gets steep. If you want to get the hard stuff out of the way, go counter, it's about 1200 feet up in a little over a mile. Clockwise lets you go up through the canyon, which is a gradual incline, and then the hard section starts about 1.5 miles in. For trail running, expect to have to slow down along the ridge because it's very rocky. Or at least I do because I'm a chicken and I trip too much to risk it. But taking the ridge slow allows you to take in the view, which is not so terrible! Just watch out for poison oak. Definitely recommend long pants or high socks.

backpacking
2 months ago

Awesome trail with great views and a few meadows. Meadows should be in full bloom in the next week or two. There’s still some snow on the trail in the sections that are in Paradise Valley, but just follow the footprints and you’ll be ok. Overall pretty moderate hike with some harder sections that’ll keep you entertained. I recommend setting up camp on the eastern or ESE part of the lake to get a great view of the sunset...or just make camp elsewhere and take the short hike around the lake for the views. If there are storms in the forecast for the next day be aware that winds will be pretty strong at the lake. P.M. thunderstorms were in the forecast the day that I hiked out, yet I was met at 530am with thunder, lightning and some sleet at the lake. So as always, be prepared!

One of my Favorite trails.

This is an okay hike. It's a good work out! There's two ways to get to the top. There's one that starts off with lots of stairs where you're kept away from the sun (good to start on this side if you go a little later in the day when the sun is at its highest) and one where it's zigzaggy going up (no shade, good to go up from this part if it's before noon or when it's not that hot out). I've done both sides and I think I prefer the one on the left (with the stairs) because when you get up top the view is impeccable compared from the right side (no stairs, no shade).

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