Showers Lake

MODERATE 10 reviews
#32 of 78 trails in

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.

DISTANCE
16.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3418 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

snow

backpacking
2 months ago

I loved this hike! Very easy to do, most of the hike is flat going through beautiful meadows. In the beginning and end (near Showers Lake) there was elevation gains to climb. Very little snow left and trail was easy to follow. Some wild flowers still but spring and early summer would be the best time to see them. I will definitely return to explore the area more. The trail was not too crowded at all which was nice. Definitely a good choice if you're looking for a good moderate hike.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, challenging distance, very green trail with lots of flowers. Had a really nice swim in the lake. The walk through the meadow is pretty magic.

hiking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

hiking
Monday, August 31, 2015

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.

camping
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Very nice

Monday, August 10, 2015

hiking
Saturday, April 11, 2015

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!

hiking
Sunday, January 18, 2015

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.

hiking
Friday, June 29, 2012

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.