Explore the most popular forest 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
2 days ago

Amazing hike! Access was very easy. Parked off the side of dirt rode and started trucking. Went off trail through a meadow and spotted deer and cattle. Once we got down to the water we created a shelter made of branches and enjoyed the refreshing water. Highly recommend this trail for families!

hiking
5 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).

Amazing views. We did the loop passing by 4 lakes. 15km. Easy hike. Cristal bleue sky, no mugs thanks to the wind. The way to get there was actually also an adventure as we are not used to drive a 4x4 (a must for the last part of the dirt road). We took the Tamarack road following the advice bellow.

Could not find a specific trailhead but the map really helped us! It’s basically a dirt road- WELL worth the short hike! The lake is absolutely beautiful. There’s not really parking but we just parked on the side of the road. It was only my husband, dog & I and we didn’t see anyone else while on the hike! Once we got to the lake we jumped in since it was pretty hot out. The lake was so refreshing.

backpacking
11 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
12 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!

backpacking
14 days ago

We took Tamarack road in as the road from Dinkey Creek is closed. We were warned about abundant mosquitos but it wasn’t bad at all. There were some at Dinkey 1, but we stayed at Island lake and had no problems with mosquitos at all. We took 4 kids on their first backpacking trip and it was fantastic!

It is 5.5 miles one way, 11 miles total. Took my 9 year old son and we made it to the lake in 2:40 and out in 2:20. Lots of people.

hiking
16 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.

This is more of a stroll amongst a beautiful grove of Giant Sequoias than a hike. Completely paved so it’s easy for everyone and it’s a good place to stretch your legs on the way to Wishon and Courtright Reservoirs.

Actually didn’t get to hike it but wanted to post this in case others are headed down soon. Got to the road leading to the trail (Dinkey Road) and it was closed due to construction. Drove 2 hours and was bummed about that. Perhaps call restaurants/businesses in the area to inquire if the road has opened back up.

This was a butt-kicker on the way to the lake due to the incline, but easy on the way back, of course

21 days ago

I thought this Trail was well marked, even amount of up hill and down hill. The lake was worth the distance! The drive to the trailhead was only an hour from Shaver Lake and on a paved road.

hiking
21 days ago

Had an awesome time on the trail on 7/20/18. Our group of four was able to complete the hike, out and back, in 4 hours and 10 minutes. This included a few rest stops along the way and 15-20 minutes at Nellie Lake.

The trail has an initial up hill section that flattens out for about a mile. Once you cross a tiny creek their are two more noticeable uphill sections. A section of granite "steps" is the last uphill and then the trail meanders it way down into Nellie Lake. The water was crisp, but it was worth jumping in after the initial hike up.

When we went up there was no one on the trail or at the Lake, we only encountered two other hikers on our way back down.

Easy enough for my four year old and beautiful view of the lake.

hiking
23 days ago

This was a fun and easy hike for me and my dog. We arrived about 9:30 am on a Saturday and were the only ones there. Since it was the middle of summer there were plenty of bugs and lots of dust. It was an awesome view once u got down to the beach. We will definately go back again.

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

Love this trail. Been going on it for over 25 yrs.

backpacking
26 days ago

Backpacked out of Courtright Reservoir with my 18 year old son. Took us 2.5 hours to get in and 2 hours out. Trail is pretty well marked with only a couple of instances where we needed to look around for additional identification. Moderate is appropriate - only the last segment has much in terms of elevation change. It's a really nice hike with wildflowers, creeks and vistas sprinkled along the route. There's also plenty of shade/cover during the hike. Cliff Lake is really nice and has a scenic quality to it with a sheer wall along its NW side.

Read a lot about mosquitoes and bugs which worried me prior to our departure. On the way in, with the trail being near a water source for a healthy part of the hike, you did notice the bugs, especially when you stopped. At Cliff Lake, however, I didn't think it was that bad. Maybe it was because it was later in the season. Maybe it was because we had a nice breeze during the day. But, the mosquitoes weren't that bad during the day (noticed the flys more but not a big deal). Come dusk to dawn, when the breeze calmed down, the mosquitoes did come out. Again, I wouldn't characterize it as menacing.

Day hiked to Rock Lake. There I thought the mosquitoes were much worse. Climbed a ridge and most of the surrounding lakes seemed to have a fair amount of marsh which would lead me to believe they, too, might have more bug issues than Cliff.

Cliff is popular. There are several quality campsites and they were mostly filled while we were there (say 15+ people in addition to us during our 2 night stay). That may/may not bother some people.

We caught 4 Brown trout (had to throw 2 back as they were too small). Plenty of jumpers during the morning and evening hours.

Overall, I/we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back again!

It is a nice nature trail.

backpacking
29 days ago

Amazing traill and beautiful but the mosquitoes were relentless. Even spraying up every fifteen minutes they would bite you. It was constant which explains why we had the lake we were at to ourselves which was breathtaking. The road there should be driven by an SUV. I appreciated being in a four wheel drive even though I didn’t use it. Had to drive around the long way from Dinky Creek Campground since road and bridge still out on the short route. We did get a bit lost but it was mostly user error and it was marked ok. The trails are also poorly marked so plan on doing some extra hiking to find your way but it is also why you get solatude and wake up to a lake all to yourself. Fly fishing seemed like it would have been successful since the trout were jumping all over the lake eating the plethora of mosquitos.

great view from the tower

allot of big boulders

Great walk...dusty trail....beautiful views

1 month 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.

Did this today and the weather was great, very shady the whole way. There were a few spots that were easy to get down to the lake. It did start raining so we had to turn back early but we will definitely go again! The parking fee is actually $8. The pay station is down the hill to the left of the boat dock. After driving a little, there are three off roads that lead to a lot to park in or you can drive all the way up to the trail head and park if there is room. We parked at road 1 and walked a little more than 1/2 mile up to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

A bit hard to find the trailhead. It is before the network of jeep trails. The trail itself is steep, narrow, and slippery. After a half mile or so, I decided it wasn't safe for a 66 year-year-old man hiking alone, and turned back. The views were amazing however.

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!

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