Showers Lake is a 16.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great trail. Completed it in 4.5 hours out and back. Watch out for the return as you come back up to the ridge from the meadow. It's a longer uphill than you might think and can exhaust your fuel. Overall it was great hike with Hikers and Co.
The lake was wonderful, however the people were horrible. This was a PCT hike from Carson pass on Hwy 88 to the lake. It was a holiday weekend, so that trail was crowded. Most of the people were fine, but the guy across from us had a fire (hello, you have a stove permit and you had to clearly state that you understood no fires were allowed when you signed it). Another group did not bury their toilet paper and threw their leftover food all over. I was picking up plastic wrapping and burying stuff. I wish those people would just stay at home! Overall, the hike was great, but it was so windy and cold!
Hiked to Showers Lake from Carson Pass last summer with six high school students and another adult leader. Though we got held up by a lightning storm ten minutes into the hike, we had a great, though wet ,day hiking through rolling meadows, and made five easy swollen water crossings. We camped on the east side of Showers Lake in a well established site a bit close to the trail and got water from the lake. Plenty of wildflowers and good times chatting with PCTers on the trail. Other than the water and lightning we experienced, this is a relatively easy trail. The final climb up to the lake through the hall of flowers was rewarded with a quiet, wooded place to eat and rest up for the next day's hike to WACS1089 1 mile south of Benwood Meadows.
this was my first non-yosemite hike on the west coast. Went in from Big Meadow trailhead. passed thru 2 meadows, both of them were awesome. there was still some snow after the second meadow (sorry being lazy, can't remember the name). but not enough to stop us. there were small creeks of water. i love water so loved going thru them. others fell in them. had lunch at Round Lake. that was beautiful as well. i drank a lot of water on the way up. but only needed 2 bottles (2 liters) because of the availability of water. had a filter on us. so we were good.
at night it was very windy where we camped (west side of the lake.) i highly recommend the east side. it was so quiet on that side. it was COLD on that side. east side=where the giant boulders are. west side=in the trees.
after you get to the campsite. set up and go look for the view of south lake tahoe. additional 10-15 minutes of climbing. it's totally worth it.