Showers Lake via the PCT

MODERATE 19 reviews
#27 of 114 trails in

Showers Lake via the PCT is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.

DISTANCE
9.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1463 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from South Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 50 south to Highway 89 and turn left. Continue to the intersection of Highway 89 and 88 and turn right. Continue past the Carson Pass Sno-Park one mile, turn left on the dirt road and park in the dirt parking area. The trailhead is located on the other side of the highway, just across from the parking area.

3 hours ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Sierra Tahoe area. The combination of geology and landscape never disappoints and today was no exception. Clear trail with no special gear needed but check weather for afternoon thunderstorms. The wildflowers are really starting to pop and should remain excellent for most of August. The Upper Truckee has plentiful snow fields to keep water running nicely. Check out recently posted photos and then get out there and enjoy!

backpacking
12 days ago

Trail is well defined and easy to follow. Does still have snow on the trail in some areas which increases difficulty a little. Snow is melting quickly though. Trail is muddy so bring appropriate boots. (Unfortunately, some have made new trails because they don't want to get dirty/muddy.) Creeks/streams running high - so suggest water shoes as you will get wet during one of them on the north side of the meadow after the cabin. Otherwise, great time with beautiful views.

14 days ago

Didn't get to Showers lake on July 10th. But 2.5 miles in I found a lot of wild flowers. And I am glad I brought sandals for stream crossing.

backpacking
19 days ago

did not make it all the way to showers lake on a 4th of july 2017 hike since there was so much snow! everything past the first few miles are completely snow packed.
great camping site at the base of little round top though.

hiking
22 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

backpacking
4 months ago

Pretty moderate trail. The beginning and the end have some climbs but a beautiful scenery the entire trail. We went later in the summer, but I've been told that Spring time is the best with all the spring flowers. The lake itself is more of a "mushy" lake so you might get a little muddy if you go in, but there's lots of camping spots around the lake if you walk a little. We went during a non burning month, but one of our neighbors felt like they didn't have to follow the rules so our camp was encompassed in smoke for the night. There's a beautiful view looking down to Tahoe.

hiking
9 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike. Lots of people!
GPS registered 10.3 miles.

hiking
11 months ago

Absolutely quiet, absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
11 months ago

camping
11 months ago

Amazing!!! We love every second of it!!!! Bring mosquito repellent tho.

hiking
11 months ago

Stunning wildflowers and mountain views. Lots of water along the way. Beautiful hike.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Great hike! Pretty steep at times but seeing Showers Lake is worth the climb.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Beautiful hike! A little challenging with some steep climbing but it's all worth it when you get to Showers Lake. Go up to the rocks by the trail to Echo Summit for breathtaking views and a glimpse of Lake Tahoe.

hiking
Saturday, July 18, 2015

For sheer ratio of reward to effort, this hike rocks. The wild flowers in mid July were stunning. After a steep and sunny, but short, climb at mile 1.5 you are rewarded by views of distant Tahoe, then a flat walk through the valley of wildflowers. The last half mile up to Showers was another little climb, this one partly shaded, and the lake is pretty with many nice camp sites. Dog had an awesome time.

hiking
Wednesday, August 06, 2014