Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Shaver Lake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 days ago

Such a gorgeous hike. Spent a few days out near Shaver Lake recuperating from a conference. The three lakes made for an incredible experience and great R&R. From the east coast and live at an elevation of 410 feet, so the elevation made this slightly challenging but once adjusting speed no issues were had. I'd rate as moderate - make sure to bring sunscreen and to wear hiking socks (to keep the sand out).

backpacking
12 days ago

This is an amazing trail with epic views! Backpacked 3 days with my husband for our anniversary this week and loved every minute! I’d consider it hard for someone who isn’t in shape but even a novice hiker in decent shape can handle the trek. Worth camping a night or two if you can. Bring bug spray and a swim suit, lakes are all refreshingly cool. Warms days and cool nights made for perfect camp weather. The trek from Upper Twin Lake to George Lake is the toughest part but worth it. If camping at George overnight be sure to make the day trek to College and Campfire lakes for great fishing!

hiking
13 days ago

I don’t exercise at all so this trail slaughtered me but the views were amazing and the lake was stunning. Saw some horses on the way back to! It was definitely worth the suffering and the shin splints!

hiking
17 days ago

Had a great little hike up to the beautiful little lake and went for a quick swim. Water was great, views on the trail were amazing. There were definitely bugs but once I used bug spray they didn’t bother me at all.

beautiful. lots of dogos on the way up, even saw a cow.

Fantastic trail. Scrambling up the sisters was pretty straightforward. Beautiful sunset.

This trail was a great way to escape for the weekend. Bring lots of mosquito repellent as they are terrible at lower and upper twin lakes. The nature is gorgeous along the way, so you will not be bored on the way to the lake.

Great first backpacking trip with my husband June 29-30. Weather was perfect, mosquitoes were kept at bay with repellent. They seemed the worst at Lower Twin Lake. The last mile from Upper Twin to George was the part that makes this hike designation as ‘hard’. Uphill most of the way during that last mile, some rocky areas that make it hard to identify the trail. But the views at George are amazing! So worth the hike up there!

backpacking
1 month ago

Went there on 06/23 on backpacking. Pretty easy hike. but the place is infested with mosquitoes and no one will be spared even if you use repellent spray and face net. Throughout the hike a colony of them will surround you and protect you from other insects. Couldn't stay outside of the tent for long.. Though the hike is pleasurable couldn't enjoy cause of the mosquito menace ...

backpacking
1 month ago

Road was out and closed about 9 miles before the trail head so we never made it up.. A ranger said it should be fixed in 2-3 weeks.

First 20 minutes were brutal, tons of mosquitoes. It gets better though, hang in there. Try not to stop. Hobler lake is beautiful and very peaceful. Not too much to see on the way, most of the time you are walking trough forest with no view. But the forest itself is beautiful.

The drive up to the trailhead is gorgeous!

Just went up on Monday and the trail was beautiful. The last mile there were a significant amount of fallen trees blocking the trail so make sure you pay close attention and do not go off trail. The water level in the lake was pretty low, but still offered a beautiful sight. I would recommend it for the beauty, but not for the fishing.

hiking
2 months ago

Memorial Day weekend and the lake was still frozen! Easy to lose the trail, so take a GPS with you

backpacking
10 months ago

The trail itself is beautiful. Lots of diversity in vegetation. Passing upper and lower Twin Lakes is a definite bonus before you get to George. The trail begins with a mild incline before leveling off for a mile or so. It comes to another incline to get up to the top of Potters Pass then going down the other side before leveling off again to get to lower and upper Twin Lakes. Not long after upper Twin do you hit a moderate incline that will continue for near the remainder until you get to George. There were a few different trail options, and we had to take out our map on two occasions. Once you've passed the upper twin lake about .25 mile or less there is a fork in the trail. The one that starts the incline on the right is the one to take, otherwise you'll end up at the backside of Upper Twin instead of George Lake. Lots of great places to set up camp for the night. The wind chill factor was pretty high up there and even at the middle of September we experienced 31 degree temperature overnight. Definitely take layers and plan accordingly! Once the sun rose in the morning it was perfect weather. No mosquito was a hue plus.

Great trail! Just completed the trail with Outward Bound California and Wounded Heroes Fund out of Bakersfield. Group of 7 Vets too this trail on and she gave us a run for our money. We ventured up to the top of the tallest Sister and trekked the ridge to the middle Sister. Definitely recommend it to anyone looking a a great hike with BEAUTIFUL scenery!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Great trip, beautiful lake. Still snow in spots on the trail and surrounding peaks

backpacking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

The lake had awesome campsites once we got there. The meat bees where everywhere in camp but if you can look past that Great Lake to hike to and not a lot of traffic when we went. Had the lake to ourselves.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

hiking
42 minutes ago

There are several trails around Upper Twin Lake that can make finding the George Lake Trail confusing. As you approach Upper Twin Lake from the Lower Twin Lake Trail, make sure to stay on the trail that skirts Upper Twin...keep following the trail as it heads over the Northeast section of the lake, and then back down towards the north facing shore. As you make your way around the northerly section, the trail becomes prominent again; and you'll have an excellent view of the two granite islands in the middle of Upper Twin Lake. The trail then meanders in a Northwest direction, away from the lake; and a steady climb towards George Lake. From this point, its nearly impossible to lose the trail.
I left Upper Twin Lake at 1525 hrs and arrived at George Lake 1600 hrs...the hike was mostly on an uphill course, but not too difficult to accomplish. If you travelled all the way to Upper Twin Lake don't let the short distance to George Lake stop you. There is a nice view of Upper Twin Lake about half way a long the trail; and a great view of the Kaiser ridgeline from George Lake.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

There are several trails around Upper Twin Lake that can make finding the George Lake Trail confusing. As you approach Upper Twin Lake from the Lower Twin Lake Trail, make sure to stay on the trail that skirts Upper Twin...keep following the trail as it heads over the Northeast section of the lake, and then back down towards the north facing shore. As you make your way around the northerly section, the trail becomes prominent again; and you'll have an excellent view of the two granite islands in the middle of Upper Twin Lake. The trail then meanders in a Northwest direction, away from the lake; and a steady climb towards George Lake. From this point, its nearly impossible to lose the trail.
I left Upper Twin Lake at 1525 hrs and arrived at George Lake 1600 hrs...the hike was mostly on an uphill course, but not too difficult to accomplish. If you travelled all the way to Upper Twin Lake don't let the short distance to George Lake stop you. There is a nice view of Upper Twin Lake about half way a long the trail; and a great view of the Kaiser ridgeline from George Lake.

backpacking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Great hike. It is actually 4.5 each way. Real good campsites near lake.

hiking
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

So the original plan was to hike up in the Sequoia National Forest but the roughfire was kind of concerning and after hearing a recent report on George Lake we decided to change our destination. I did a little research and the hike seemed pretty simple and not overly challenging for a couple of guys with minimal hiking experience. We started on the trail across the street from the small parking lot off Kaiser Pass Rd. We made it in about 3 hours, and I suppose it’s 4.2 miles I don’t know, I’m not really to the point that I track these kinds of things, but I felt we kept a descent pace while stopping to enjoy a few scenes. Potter Pass provides a great view of Huntington Lake, Lower and Upper Twin lakes are very beautiful but seem a little more likely to attract crowds. Arriving at George Lake there are a few sites to choose from on the east side of the lake and a couple more on the southwest side. We took one of the campsites on the east since a small group had already set up on the southwest side. George isn’t the largest of lakes but with a couple islands and rising fish you could probably spend parts of your days swimming and fishing and be pretty content. We decided to day hike up to the smaller College Lake on our day two. From there we followed a trail that was somewhat difficult to locate at times and not on any map and probably not recommended, up between a couple of peaks to find the Kaiser Peak trail. Once on the trail we worked our way to the top of the Peak and although the roughfire smoke limited our visibility we accepted the accomplishment of attempting and completing the day hike to Kaiser Peak as our reward. After packing up on day three we blazed the trail and made it to the truck in about two hours and about 15 minutes before it started raining. In all its glory I would revisit George Lake if for nothing else but to hike up to Kaiser Peak to take in the view which was stolen from me due to the smoke of the roughfire.

Monday, October 27, 2014

we fished Hobbled in late September. Great place. Great fishing. There used to be b
rooks, now rainbows. Not year around though unless for snowmobiles.

fishing
Friday, October 24, 2014

The parking lot for the easier potter pass trail is about 5 miles up Kaiser pass road, it will be the first paved parking lot with bathrooms. The Potter Pass Trailhead is on the other side of Kaiser Pass Rd and you immediately start a steady climb of about 1,100 ft for about 2 miles until you get to Potter Pass where you get spectacular views of the high mountain range north and a quant meadow just below you. This is a good place to take a nice break and soak it all in. At the beginning heading down from Potter Pass it is somewhat steep but just watch your footing and you'll be fine. Once you get to the bottom the trail takes you north and then bends west towards Lower Twin Lake, this whole stretch is about 1.5 miles. We left the trailhead at about 6:30 am and got to Lower Twin around 8:00 am and started fishing. The west side of this lake drops deeper faster on the west side of the lake which usually results in better fishing. We caught rainbows 8-14 inch on kastmasters and panther martins. After a couple hours we headed NW a couple hundred yds to Upper Twin Lake. After checking out the limestone outlet cave on the NE side of the lake we started fishing again at the north side of the lake on same lures and caught a few brookies and a couple rainbows 7-11 inches. The fishing was a little slower here, though it was closer to midday. After a couple hrs there we headed up to George Lake planning on checking out the caves. The caves are maybe .25 miles up the George Lake trail and were really cool. We poked our heads in and it was awesome but we saw animal droppings and didn't want to test anything that might reside in there but I have heard the caves goes all the way through to an exit! The trail to George Lake heads west uphill on the north side of the caves which we didn't know at the time so started heading EEW and didn't find the trail until about .25 miles before George Lake so we pretty much trailblazed the whole way which wasn't fun. The hike from Upper Twin to George Lake is about 1.5 miles and accending about 500 ft. Not the easiest of hikes but much worth it when you see the two granite peaks separated by a nice saddle towering over George Lake and Kaiser Peak visible over in the west corner. We hike around the Lake and only found one crummy campsite on the SW corner of the lake so we set up a camp on flat open ground with a grove and trees around you NE side of the lake. We fished that evening on panther martins and caught a few rainbows each ranging from 6-12 inches. We camped one night and headed home. I highly recommend this trip to everyone. Best fishing is May-June and Sept-Oct...Good Luck!

hiking
Friday, October 03, 2014

I just went hunting up there and got a nice buck with some friends. Its not at Shaver lake like the site says. its actually at the Courtright reservoir above Wishon. another hour from shaver. But it is very beautiful. good camping fishing hiking hunting 4x4 and all that. Only thing is the res is very low right now. VERY. Might wanna check on that before you go.

fishing
Friday, June 20, 2014

Easy to follow trail. Best fishing out of a natural lake I have ever fished. Native rainbows ranging from 7-13 inches. Great camp site on east side of lake.

hiking
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I did this in mid September 2013. It was a relatively easy hike. Not too long and not too steep. It was the perfect hike for my wife, who had never done this before and was facing a double mastectomy in a few weeks to deal with breast cancer. She did awesome. The scenery was beautiful, especially from the top of Maxson Dome. Hobler Lake is small and there are not too many flat spots for a large group of campers, like we had. But, it is very pretty and memorable for us.

Wow!

My wife was planning a backpack trip for us and found the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness which is tucked up into the John Muir Wilderness. The area ranges from 8,400 to 10,600 feet elevation, and proved to be fantastic area for hiking. The nice thing is the larger number of lakes available in this very small area. My wife and I did this as a backpack trip in September, 2012. The weather was amazing (50-75 Deg F, clear) and the views gratifying.

This trail could easily be accomplished as a day hike, but it is worth bringing a pack and enjoying the relative solitude of the lakes. In September, we saw about 5 people over a 3 day period, but the number of fire rings around Cliff Lake indicated that this is a popular spot during the peak season of June through August.

The trail starts on the west side of Courtney Reservior at the Cliff Lake trailhead. The trail drops down 240 feet in the first mile as you walk through mixed pine and fir forest. At about 1.3 miles, after passing through some bare rock areas, you reach a trail junction with the signed Helm Meadow trail to the right (east). It's easy to miss the junction, but you are just passing through anyway. The trail starts climbing and over the next 3 miles you climb 1200 feet to Cliff Lake. There is a use trail on the east side of the lake or you can follow the marked trail to Rock Lake. Both trails are 100 yards apart. There are wonderful beaches on the east and north sides of tCliff Lake which make for a congenial break spot.

As you pass the north end of Cliff Lake the trail climbs 400 ft to the saddle above Rock Lake. The topo shows a trail on the right at the saddle to Dogtooth Peak, but I never found it. The understory is so open here that it's easy to offtrail, however. Following our plan, the trail drops down 200 ft to Rock lake about 3/4 mile beyond Cliff Lake. The trail skirts the edge of Rock Lake. You pass a marked trail to Little Lake which lies approximately 600 ft lower than Rock Lake. The trail continues past rock lake and then to Second Dinkey Lake. The trail circles Second Dinkey Lake then passes the marked trail down to First Dinkey Lake. As you pass the lake you see the trail to Island Lake which is marked with "Not Maintained for Stock."

The steep trail climbs 200 feet up the drainage for Island Lake until you step out into the stunningly beautiful vista of sundrenched Island Lake. Island lake is another great spot to circle and enjoy lunch. There are several nice spots to the right. The total distance from Cliff lake to here is about 2-1/2 miles. From Cliff Lake trailhead is 7.5 miles (give or take). The goal of our hike, the East Sister or Three Sister peak is the leftmost of the 3 peaks immediately in front of you.

Our trail to the Sisters, 1-1/4 miles and another 800 feet elevation, leads from the Island Lake outfall over granite south. From this point on, there is not a clear trail. I know, I spent some time trying to find one, but no, there isn't. The southeast side of Island lake is a massive, low granite dome. The easiest way to the Sisters is to go directly south. You'll wander over granite, through a dwarf fir/pine forest past a small pond that was dry when I was there in September 2012. Finally, you'll find yourself at the foot a giant boulder pile that is Three Sisters. Start climbing. The way to the top is easy, nontechnical boulder climbing with many paths showing the footprints of those before. I found myself stuck at one point, but I just backtracked and moved around the mountain until I saw an easier way. Eventually I climbed over a lip and found myself on a broad mountaintop with a rock pile making he last 5 meters elevation. Enjoy the view of the other two sisters to the north and Brown Peak to the south. The peak registers contains the thoughts of those who have also done this fun hike as well as some touching mementos.

The way down is as informal as the way up. You can reverse your route up, or you can try another. I moved north to the saddle between the two sister peaks, then climbed down the wash between the two. I still got stuck one or twice, and had to reroute, but going down is not nearly has hard as going up.

Once you reach the meadow from which you started your climb, you are a faced with a decision. You can reverse your route to Island, Second Dinky, and Rock lakes, or you can short cut overland. With my trusty (and newly purchased) Garmin, I did the latter, and it saved me 2 miles and several hundreds of feet. In addition, it afforded me the amazing views from the cliff over Cliff lake. From the meadow under the East Sister Peak, head east or east-southeast to the top of the cliff. Follow this cliff around the lake to the outfall (about 1 mile) and the trail you originally took to Cliff Lake. The hike out is 5 more miles for a total distance of approximately 16 miles.

This trail could also be done missing the Lakes to save two miles. Alternately, o

hiking
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Well we went up Kaiser pass expecting to see a trailhead for Twin Lakes but we discovered that the trail head was call Potter Pass Cutoff. The beginning of the trail to Potter Pass was fairly steep with few switchbacks but it was only 1.9 miles to the pass. Once at the pass we descend into a basin and then the lakes are an easy hike. We found that alot of people were taking their kids to Twin lakes. If you continue on the trail around the second lake and ascend about 1 mile you will find that George Lake has alot less people and it is very placid. I was very tempted to hike over the ridge to the south west to the Kaiser loop but I had a couple of beginning hikers with me. Highly recommend this hike for beginners.

hiking
3 days ago

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