lake is completely frozen over. The trail is almost non existent due to snow pack. The lake looks awesome frozen.

The reward of Nellie lake is soooo worth it

Super long for one day hike, I would recommend back packing in and staying at least one night.

hiking
3 months ago

This is my one of my favorite trails. It's pretty much uphill the whole way, but once you get there it's worth it. This lake is pristine and all 4 times I've done the trail I've had the lake to myself. During grazing season you are likely to run into cattle so don't be alarmed. Stop at lakeshore for a well deserved beer after this one

this is the 5th trail around lake shaver area that we have done that has not been correct on the mileage at all this entire trip was 9.2 miles from the trailhead to the lake and back. I'm really beginning to question now every trail on this All trails website. this is a trail that for the most part is up hill all the way,with the occasional flat spot that might last .2 miles or less. we are buy no means fully in shape regular hikers, it took us about 3 1/2 hours to make it to the lake and it was 4.65 miles from the trail head. coming back only took us two hours, so that should give you some kind if idea as to how steep this trail is. also the last 1.5 miles is very steep and rocky. I'm amazed that the review before mine said they made it to the lake in just under 2 hours, and we speed walked straight down hill all the way back and it took us 2 hours. So Kudos to the last reviewer who managed to run all the way to lake and climb 1800+ feet that is an amazing accomplishment. I also wish I knew where this site gets its mileage from, lime I said this is the 5th trail in a row that was completely wrong. I can understand maybe a quarter of a mile off but not almost 2....

This was a difficult hike for being over 40 and from the south!

This was a great hike. Nice steady workout getting up to the lake and so worth it. It was warm enough for us to get in the water. Took us almost 2 hours to get up there so I'd say 5 hours round trip and that includes a nice lunch break and relaxing at/in the lake.

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Going up is no joke, one hell of a workout, but getting to the top and seeing Nellie Lake was worth it. Gorgeous place! Doing this hike June so I didn't expect to see snow but there was a lot of it near the top.

hiking
Monday, March 30, 2015

It is approximately 3.6 miles from the TH near Billy Creek campground with a 1700 ft elevation gain. Nice in and out hike for the day. Take a lunch and enjoy the lake which is kind of low at the moment but still nice.

Monday, October 27, 2014

not 21 miles but 3 or 4. not 3000 feet but 2. used to be good fishing. not sure what happened.

hiking
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Very nice, easy, trail. A bit of a climb at the end, but overall a good hike. Smaller size lake. A nice evening hike to the top of Nellie's Nipple will give you an AMAZING view of seemingly the entire San Joaquin Valley. Beautiful.

hiking
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I went with some Boy Scouts, some as young as 12. Trail is well defined and mantained departing from Upper Billie creek campground on Huntington Lake. First four mile fairly easy. Last mile had about a 1500 ft elevation increase. Still lots of snow on the banks of good size alpine lake. Water gets deep fast.