Nellie Lake Trail

HARD 22 reviews
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Nellie Lake Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shaver Lake, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2286 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

6 days ago

Beautiful lake, took the dog and he loved it. There were cows at the top.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Round trip in 3 1/2 hours. A few hungry mosquitos at the lake, but bug free the rest of the hike.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I did a hike on 7-24-17 and lost a dog collar with a transmitter on the collar. I lost it by the stream or by were all the logs in the shade just right of the stream. If found can you leave it at the rangers station or email me and I will pick it up. Reward!!!

There was still a little bit of snow on the trail. Not bad.

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked to this lake on 6/22/17 with 2 friends. We originally set out planning to camp out and do the entire Kaiser loop but because of how much snow was still around we ended up settling for the trek to Nellie lake. Lost the trail a few times, and at several points the snow banks we were walking on were 6-8ft deep still! We expected snow of course, but not that much! The lake was indeed still frozen but we found a clearing in the snow and set up camp for the night. Overall a good hike which was much harder then normal because of the snow im sure. Good to know that late June after the winter we had this year is still a bit early for this elevation, but with using GPS and just kinda heading in the right direction we eventually made it to the lake lol. Will probably try this one again later in the season.

Oh and for some reason the description says Shaver Lake instead of Huntington Lake. Have fun!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

The snow is still very heavy above 8,000 feet. The trail was covered with snow drifts in places and hard to follow trail excellent hike. Lake was beautiful.

2 months ago

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

4 months ago

The reward of Nellie lake is soooo worth it

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

hiking
6 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

11 months ago

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....

11 months ago

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

Monday, September 05, 2016

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.