Explore the most popular camping 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.

2 days ago

Completed an out-back from the Trapper Springs TH. 3 hours in and 2.5 out with a dog. Bugs were tough and head net + DEET make it more enjoyable. Lots of mountain storms this weekend so rain for much of the afternoon and night. Check weather and prepare accordingly. This is a day hike destination but from here you can bag peaks or fish the other lakes in the area.

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
21 days 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
25 days ago

Awesome trail! Beautiful lake! Was closer to 5.5 miles out, so 11 round trip. Bring plenty of mosquito repellent!

backpacking
25 days 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.

backpacking
26 days ago

Great hike, the trail had a couple of deadfalls to hike around. Last river crossing by the lake on the way in was higher than usual but no reason to get wet. I did not stop much on the way in because the skeeters were so bad. I applied Deet at the trailhead, all day, and into the night. I ran out of Deet the next morning so I jogged out early. Caught a Brookie on a frog popper.

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Giving it 4 stars out of 5 only because of the mosquitos. When my group and I took small rests, mosquitos swarmed us. Got to the lake, and they were even worse. The trail itself disappears here and there so be careful. Resources there are also scarce. There will be stacked rocks for guidance. Cliff Lake is also a highly used area for backpackers, so resources were scarce. Besides that , absolutely a beautiful place. Great fishing. Great campsites available even though there were multiple groups camping there. If time is enough, try to hike to Dogtooth peak.

hiking
1 month ago

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

backpacking
1 month ago

Absolutely perfect for my first overnight backpacking trip! The trail was fairly easy to follow, and in places where we were a little unsure, stacked rocks were easily found guiding us in the right direction. The very last segment does include some switchbacks that sort of wind around the stream running down the mountain (for now, probably going to dry up in the next couple weeks) and it is definitely the most difficult park of the hike. It took us 4 hours to get to the lake from the trailhead, with many rests in between. There are many snow patches on the ground still, but plenty of dry spots to camp around the lake. Also, the fishing was great! My husband was able to catch breakfast, lunch and dinner!

1 month ago

I hiked from the gate at the turn off for Court Wright lake. 8.8 miles to the TH then hiked the 4.5 miles to cliff lake. I started towards rock lake but turned around at the top of the ridge because I dropped my sunglasses and all the snow was getting to my eyes. I found my glasses about 2 miles from the TH on the road walk back to my truck

5 months ago

Great campsites near the lake.

backpacking
7 months ago

it was longer than expected, a little over 6 miles from trail head to the lake but well worth it

backpacking
9 months ago

The trail to Cliff Lake is well marked with either stacked rocks or intentionally scarred tress which are marked about five or six feet above ground level. None of the tracks that I have seen online indicate a portion of the trail traversing through switchbacks, but you will go through a short section of them as you get closer to the lake. Just prior to the switchbacks you will begin to wonder if you should continue to follow the stream, or follow the defined trail. Follow the trail so you don't have to bushwhack. The last mile and a half of the trail will definitely test your resolve!

Fishing in the lake was productive with the proper tackle. Mosquitoes were an issue, so I treated my clothes with Permethrin prior to the trip. Between that, bug spray, and a bug net, we were fine. Absolutely beautiful lake and campsites. I do wish the mosquitoes weren't so bad on the western end in the grassy meadow.

backpacking
9 months ago

Great place for overnight backpacking trip!

backpacking
9 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!!

off road driving
10 months ago

Wife and I drove our almost new, stock Polaris RZR into Strawberry Lake after failing to negotiate the large rock fields on the way to Coyote Lake. On the way in I could not resist spinning a donut in Sand Flat. The trail turns from banked sand to rocks shortly after Sand Flat. The rocky sections were easily negotiated without a spotter. Upon arrival Strawberry Lake was pristine and the camping areas were clean also. The trail is rated "Easy" but would have felt more comfortable driving my Jeep.. I will admit that I don't have much rock crawling experience in a RZR and I kissed a trailing arm lightly going out but otherwise no problems. Total time was about 3 hours in and out which includes an hour break for lunch and photos.

11 months ago

The trail was beautiful, it was marked fine in my opinion. There were mosquitoes but if you sprayed stuff on you, it was fine. There was a significant number of people camping out by the lake. We backpacked in and spent the night. The next morning we did a day hike up further past Cliff Lake to one of he Dinkey Lakes. I wish we would have camped there instead, it was much quieter. We then went back up and hiked up to Dogtooth Peak, gorgeous views from there. I recommend this place.

off road driving
11 months ago

The trail is fairly easy. Just pretty rocky. There are some good size boulders that require you to need some ground clearance. I did the trail in my 01 Silverado z71. I have a 6" suspension 3" body lift with 37s and went solo with no spotter, but I also do have rock crawling experience.

The trail gets pretty tight. I had to make a couple 3 point turns to get around obstacles, and a few tree I had to fold in my mirrors to squeeze between. The lake itself is amazing. Nice clean, and warm water. Definitely going back

backpacking
11 months ago

On the third decade of July, 2017 myself with three other folks had a backpacking tour to the Cliff Lake from the trail head at Courtright Reservoir. It is very beautiful trail along crystal clear creak to the lake through the wonderful sierra forest. Mosquitoes were pretty active from sunset to dawn. Under the sunlight on hike we did not have any significant problems with mosquitoes. We found that DETA based 30% repellent works for a hour or so then needs to be re-applied. Mosquito Head Net solves the problem but limits some freedom...
Our other concern was about snow coverage after 2017 snowy winter (two weeks ago we stuck in snow on Tuolumne pass). As it is seen on photos it was a few glaciers on shadowy lake shores and occasional snow packs around trail. It was hot enough that we swim in Cliff Lake and Courtright Reservoir.
Trail is marked and seen quite well up to the Cliff Lake. Just before Cliff Lake it forks for two, as shown on all maps. The one which goes to the Rock Lake is good, although sometimes it is hard to find it on stony ground. Another one, which presumably goes along the lake, disappears soon after the fork and all directions look like equally good trail.
Next day we had a nice hike without heavy backpacks along the Dinkey Lakes trail and visited Rock, 1st and 2-nd Dinkey, South, and Swede Lakes. Nature is astonishing there. Unfortunately all summits there are covered by trees obscuring the view. A short climbing from summit between Cliff and Rock lakes to the top of the cliff is easy enough and bring me in an open space with magnificent views on all surrounding lakes and High Sierra mountains.
In summary, all of our team were very excited about this trip.

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

on Cliff Lake

11 months ago

Trail was poorly marked and difficult to follow. My buddy and I went bushwacking several times. The terrain is also quite rough as there is a lot of sharp river rock and boulders to walk over and through. Finally, the mosquitos were some of the worst I've ever seen, absolutely relentless. There are a lot of nicer trails to better lakes. I'd skip this one.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nice run!

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.

backpacking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I really enjoyed this trail back in May of 2016 for Memorial Day weekend. Snow pack still on the ground in some places, but trail and markers were easy to navigate. This was my first family back backing adventure. I see this hike being great for hikers of all skill sets. Want to do again and go deeper into the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness.

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