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whoever rated this as easy is out of their mind. I walk/hike 5-7 days a week, and usually 3-7 miles. this hike should be rated as moderate. you go up the mountain and then all the way down on pretty rocky and steep terrain. it was a very pretty hike and the lake was perfect.

awesome short hike. great for a quick getaway with some friends and a couple of beers (pack in pack out). ☺

Nice trail. Well marked. Quiet and lots of wildlife. Longer than stated, our gps clocked 10 miles and we only stepped off trail once.

Day hiked July 14th to Lois Lake, did not make it to Scmidell due to time constraints. Nice trail with nice mix of forested, open granite areas, wild flowers, lakes and mountains. Trail is easy to lose in granite area, just need to head towards pass and take note of surroundings for hike back. Lots of open area which made it hot, bring lots of water or bring a filter. Plenty of lakes along the way so take advantage of them to cool off. Switch backs up pass is nicely graded.

18 days ago

Very easy trail, and a Great Lake to swim in. Has a trail all around the lake and rocks to lay on. Campfire pit and logs to sit on.

Great trail. The meadows were gorgeous- should have blooms in another week or two. Did see a big rattlesnake in the dry area before Government meadow. This was my first time on the trail. The route through the meadows is the easier way to go, although taking the bridge first and heading up via the old Silver Fork loop would be a helluva work out! I appreciated the earlier comment about the log crossing (easy). We camped near the falls, which was nice but noisy. If you want to camp where it's a bit quieter, turn right as you come off the log crossing. There's a nice space near there that's adjacent to deep water. Or better yet, continue over the ridge and down to the river - a few nice spots along there. Definitely doable as a single day hike, but the overnight was nice. And it's only 20 min off Hwy 88 via Mormon Emigrant/Silver Fork Road, so it's easy to go enjoy a Bloody Mary at Kirkwood Inn when you're done.

1 month ago

Nice trail! It was my wife and dogs first backpacking trip and they loved it!! Camp set up at creek with wire BBQ grill for over the fire pit that we made good use of!!

1 month ago

This is an awesome day hike to do with athletic dogs. We had to cross the river on a fallen log and got lost afterwards. The first part of the trail is fairly well populated as you make your way through Jake Schneider meadow, and gets harder to follow as you get towards Government meadow. Once you hit the backpacking campground along Caples Creek past Government meadow, prepare for some adventure. You have to walk down the river a bit, in the direction of flow, without much trail to speak of, until you hit a large log that crosses Caples Creek. This log seems totally safe and we crossed one at a time, my pregnant wife, our 20 and 60 pound dogs, and myself. The log is elevated above the river by a fair bit, and would be quite slippery when wet. After the log the trail was non-existent, but we wandered into it eventually. You have walk back up the river, against the flow, to reach the trail. My wife and I spent 20 mins trying to mark the trail a bit better, so hopefully others wont get as lost as us. After that you are in for a treat, as the second half of the hike feels deeply remote and you climb up to some beautiful vistas. GPS highly recommended, mine recorded 11 miles, which included some wandering, but be prepared for something in the 10-11 mile range.

1 month ago

Great hike!

We’re new to the area, so it was good that we came prepared with a gps because we lost the trail a few times. The rivers were absolutely stunning, though, and the peak climb was manageable even with our 8mo old daughter in the backpack. Nice change in scenery too, from old wood forest to rushing waterfalls and plenty of rock scrabbling for young kids. There was a ton of dead wood in the forested areas, which made it easy to lose the trail, but overall, it was a great full-day hike. Oh, be sure to let someone know where you are, no cell phone signal and w only met 4 people on the hike.

very decent, not so steep hike. awesome forest. took us 4 hours

My fav. summer swim hole. Side note: I just passed the trailhead today and the parking area is plowed, year round access baby.

9.6 mike loop. Awesome trail.

Great hike. Just be prepared that parts of the trail aren’t clearly marked, so using GPS can be very helpful.

7 months ago

Great little hike, patches of snow and ice on the trail. At the beginning of the trail 3 trees came down blocking the trail, after the 2nd tree head straight up and you'll be back on the trail again. Bring trekking poles in the winter. Lake is frozen over. enjoy views of silver lake, Kirkwood etc.

While rated as easy the elevation makes a bit more of a challenge. Especially with snow and ice. The lake was frozen and there was a frozen waterfall making the hike worth it. as my husband put it "it is good for the soul"

My favorite trail so far. Right off the main highway. Beautiful view of the lake at the bottom. I feel the descent / ascents would be a challenge for small children. I had my 2 year old in a carrier and wished I had trekking poles, but will bring them next time because it’s definitely worth repeating.

I enjoyed this hike. I kept track of distance on my Fitbit and it said it was 10.6 miles. For the most part it’s a easy walk. Be prepared for the switch backs. Parts of the trail are a little confusing, but great scenery!

Good, short hike. Although I'd definitely rate it at the higher end of "easy" to the low end of "moderate". The trail is very rocky, especially on the back side of the hill. At times it can be hard to follow, so look for the little stacks of rocks. I don't know if that's a courtesy of the forest service, or other hikers, or just something neat people do, but those little stacks of rocks seem to be about every 50 to 100 yards and do well to keep you on the trail, lest you end up taking a more arduous path as I and my family did.

Was a great hike for my family! 2 adults a kid and dog!!

Going back!!

10 months ago

Incline with a pack makes you just tired enough that the lake is even better.

It was 100* plus degrees in Sacramento. So we decided to head up the hill towards Tahoe. We found this trail and truly enjoyed it. Rivers, meadows, beautiful tress with very interesting bark. Mostly shade. We decided to do the loop. 9.3 miles with some very steep switch backs more then half way through. We were exhausted. It took us 4 1/2 hours. We are in pretty good shape but new to hiking.
I think when we do it with friends we'd go out and back. Not do that loop. It climbs to 1700 ft elevation
But this hikes tops our list of favorites

on Shealor Lake Trail

11 months ago

Enjoyed this hike. Beautiful views loved the lake. I would definitely rate this more on the moderate side than easy though.

Whomever rated this easy need to rethink the rating. Short but the climb is moderate with lots of loose gravel, granite and rocks. Bad knees and old dogs is not recommended here. Lake is amazing though, our new favorite swimming hole.

11 months ago

Great hike. Loved it. Only thing is the rating. It says easy here but I think it is more moderate.

11 months ago

Trip #3

Beautiful trail. Went mid/late June and it was still covered in snow. Trail is also not well marked. Bring a map and compass. Trail is mostly marked with cairns. Didn't make it to our final destination due to heavy snow- neither did 2 other groups. Bright side- not crowded.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

So beautiful - even on a hot day the trail stays fairly cool because it's mostly shaded.

Friday, July 14, 2017

We had an amazing time!! My first backpacking trip and I am hooked!

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