Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

Loved It! Not too difficult terrain wise; trail is tough to follow. The app works pretty good with GPS where it gets iffy. Had a Bald Eagle fly right over us, got some decent pics for phone cam. Highly recommend this longer than 5.7 mile hike; with the occasional 'detour' it was 7.7 miles all the way to the lake and back.

Walked on this trail for a bit today. It was a nice, easy walk through the woods on a paved trail. We had a really hard time trying to figure out where to park as the trailhead listed on this page is well past the locked gate. We finally parked by the boat launch and walked on the road (which is all the trail is anyway). We ended up taking a logging road for some water access and had just the best time jumping over the tiny streams that pop up everywhere during the spring thaw.

3 months ago

Great campsites near the lake.

This is a great trail. There is parking for about 4-6 cars at the trail head right off the main road. My family and I hiked this trail in January (no snow this year) so we felt comfortable taking it on. The trail was a paved road, even terrain and clear of trees. The waterfall is early on in the trail making it perfect for younger children that start to bore with just looking at trees. This trail
Offers a few beautiful views and a very gentle if any grade. It’s a perfect day trip for a family with younger children.

backpacking
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Great hike but it's 7 miles up and back, not 5.5, from the gate after driving in 20 minutes on a dirt road from 168. Very inaccurate directions and trail length

hiking
6 months ago

fun little hike. was pretty foggy so hard to see much. would recommend.

backpacking
6 months ago

This is a fantastic trail. Pretty consistent incline from the start but a mile in the middle that is decently flat giving a nice break. Tough as far as cardio goes when you have a 30lbs+ pack on your back. The entire trail is surrounded by pines, mainly shaded with a few places where the sunshine peaks through. There was already some snow on the trail. There are different trailheads the first mile so it was critical to pay attention to the signs. Nellie Lake was secluded and beautiful lined with pines. A few great places to set up camp next to the water.

off road driving
7 months ago

Great fun area to explore in the 4x4 or when hiking. Cool water area with a old dam and pond. Definitely worth checking out.

backpacking
7 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.

nature trips
7 months ago

Views are great, and air quality beats that of the valley. However the trail itself doesn't lend to the water - expect to backtrack if you walk the lake shoreline.

backpacking
8 months ago

Great place for overnight backpacking trip!

backpacking
8 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.

Beautiful lake, took the dog and he loved it. There were cows at the top.

off road driving
8 months ago

We ran this short, rocky trail in our stock Polaris RZR in about 2 hours in and out. Several interesting diversion trails and spurs along the way. Although rated Easy, you will want to have a moderately modified vehicle and more than zero rock crawling experience in order to avoid banging the undercarriage on this trail. It can be done if you are careful. The end of the trail will reward you with a breathtaking view, small but hungry fish and definitely a Kodak moment. Plan a half-day and bring lunch for a great ride.

off road driving
8 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.

9 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.

This trailhead is not marked correctly IMO. You can start from the parking area and walk up to the road. Then walk a 1/4 mile upthe road until you get to the Edison gate where the trail actually begins. Or you can drive all the way to the gate and hope you get one of three spaces right off the road. If you dont want to pay the day use fee you could also walk the road all the way from the pay station. Great paved road walking lake adventure hike.

Great trail. Round trip in 3 1/2 hours. A few hungry mosquitos at the lake, but bug free the rest of the hike.

off road driving
9 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

An easy and enjoyable hike on a hot summer day. This trail is paved and shaded and had lots of side trails down to the lake. We hiked to the power station and turned back at that point making our total distance hiked around 9 miles.

I wouldn't call this a hike, it is about 8 miles if you walk all the way to the power station though, and that was really neat to see. It's an easy shaded walk that is half on a paved road (no cars). Lots of beautiful views of the lake and places to stop to eat a snack. I would do this hike again, it was a relaxing day.

backpacking
9 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.

hiking
9 months ago

I did a hike on 7-24-17 and lost a dog collar with a transmitter on the collar. I lost it by the stream or by were all the logs in the shade just right of the stream. If found can you leave it at the rangers station or email me and I will pick it up. Reward!!!

There was still a little bit of snow on the trail. Not bad.

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

on Cliff Lake

9 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.

A little hot in the summer, especially if you have dogs with you. Great views and a cool stairway to view the waterfall.

backpacking
10 months ago

Hiked to this lake on 6/22/17 with 2 friends. We originally set out planning to camp out and do the entire Kaiser loop but because of how much snow was still around we ended up settling for the trek to Nellie lake. Lost the trail a few times, and at several points the snow banks we were walking on were 6-8ft deep still! We expected snow of course, but not that much! The lake was indeed still frozen but we found a clearing in the snow and set up camp for the night. Overall a good hike which was much harder then normal because of the snow im sure. Good to know that late June after the winter we had this year is still a bit early for this elevation, but with using GPS and just kinda heading in the right direction we eventually made it to the lake lol. Will probably try this one again later in the season.

Oh and for some reason the description says Shaver Lake instead of Huntington Lake. Have fun!

It would be nicer in the fall. The whole trail is out in the open on an old rugged road. Looks more like an access road with a "road closed" gate at the start.

hiking
10 months ago

The snow is still very heavy above 8,000 feet. The trail was covered with snow drifts in places and hard to follow trail excellent hike. Lake was beautiful.

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