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Showers Lake is a 15.9 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, 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.

Length 15.9 mi Elevation gain 3,106 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Running Forest Lake Snow
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Brad Friederichs
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Hiking

lots of rocks but steady grade. pretty taxing.

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Jeff Jensen
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Backpacking

Lots of snow past the creek crossing at roughly mile 3, making it very hard to find the trail. 3 hikers coming north from Showers Lake had hiked six hours just to get to that point and said the snow was everywhere so we stopped about 1.5 miles past Bryan Meadow and turned east to the ridge and camped with a great view of Lake Dardenelles, the nose on the east side of Round Lake, Stevens Peak, and Little Round Top. Had had enough snow already so didn't attempt to get Showers, even without packs. Hike is pretty much uphill the whole way in, save for the trail down to Bryan Meadow. The snow was melting fast, so in a week or so I'd imagine the route would be more inviting and making it to Showers would be doable.

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Michelle Hasemeier
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Took TRT/PCT from parking lot of sno park off hwy 50, in a few miles towards showers lake. Nice trail.

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Kim Powers
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful trail, lots of wildflowers, every color of butterfly you could imagine. Some muddy trails but not thick mud, mostly just got your shoes wet. Mosquitos weren’t too bad on the trail, but fairly thick at Showers Lake while camping, especially in the AM. Forests, open vistas, lakes, what a treat!

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Raquel Moon
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Backpacking

Had a great time this weekend hiking to Showers. However, I’m confused. Title says Showers, but description doesn’t quite get you there. Luckily, there are maps at the Carson Pass station. Grab one! The trail starts as described. A moderate ascent, then down into a meadow, we stayed on the PCT, after the cabins to your left, you will come to some wood posts with one distinctly directing you towards Showers. There will be one more ascent around mi 4.3 and at 5.5 you should be at Showers. We set up camp on the boulder side which was good as we were protected from the howling winds. In the summer I would leave no later than 1 pm to get to the lake at a reasonable time and find a good camp spot. Oh and we got engaged!! So now it’s my favorite :)

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Hai Lee Chen
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with some great views. Wildflowers were still blooming as of 7/28. We had 2 GPS trackers which marked it off at 16.5 miles. With the 3000+ elevation gain, it was probably on the harder side of moderate.

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Erin Knight
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, although it is more like 17 miles to the lake and back. The meadows were spectacular and great views.

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Ara Rae
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Backpacking

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.

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Matt Konig
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Hiking

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.

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Edward King
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Hiking

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.

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francis fortier
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Camping

Very nice

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Jennifer Van Blair
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Hiking

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!

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Jay Cherin
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Hiking

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.

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Ricky Singh
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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.

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Ivan Selin
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Justin Leung
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Sarah Green
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Meagan Brennan
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Virginia DaSilva
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Mike Toffey
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Maryann Hazel
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Rex Rountree
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Maryann Hazel
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Randy Boelkes
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Yuki Hino
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Cody Rudolph
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Pete Gomez
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Joshua Williamson
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Mark Jarvis
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