Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Easy hike. Took the fam, 3 kids ages 8 and 9 and the grandma. Beautiful view at the end.

hiking
5 days 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!

The trail was really easy to find. It was beautiful and totally work the trip.

You can park at the bottom and walk from there or drive up the dirt road and start at the little bridge.

The waterfall was really cool and the view was great

only a mile to falls after you drive 2 miles on dirt road from hwy 168 so 6 miles from hwy or two miles up and back from trailhead. Get with it All trails. You are way off!

Great access to get under the falls

hiking
29 days ago

I really wanted to like this trail. 5 lakes in only 7 miles? What is there not to like? For starters, the road towards the trailhead. Rough road and at certain portions off road conditions. It is about 1.5 hours from Dinkey Creek Campground. Not recommended if you do not have a high clearance all wheel drive SUV. Secondly-- the actual trail. Poorly marked, not maintained at all and easy to lose the trail. You will experience a lot of bushwacking. Thanks to my downloaded map from Alltrails, we managed to find our destination, Island Lake. No switchback-- just straight up. The worse part? Mosquitoes. and lots of them. We had to cut our trip 1 day short because of it. But I have to say though it is really beautiful and if you want solitude, you will definitely have it here.

Easy hike. Dog friendly. Beautiful views!

Easy hike that is very kid friendly. Be warned - the vault toilet is vile, full of trash and marmot droppings. And bring your own toilet paper if you really want to use it.

off road driving
1 month ago

Lots of fun for my first trip. Stock 2017 Toyota Tacoma. Had a couple hard spots because of clearance issues. But FUN!!

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful, easy trail for the whole family, young and old alike!

This trail was awesome. We parked at the base (not the lot inside) which made the hike a little over 4 Miles. The trail is well kept and easy to follow. Steady incline to the top but not too steep. The falls were beautiful! The weather was perfect. A little chilly when we got there by 9am but once you get moving, the coolness feels great. You don’t get wet from the falls, just a very little bit of mist.

interesting. Kind of ugly at first thanks to all of the dead trees in the Sierras right now, but once you hit the halfway point it becomes considerably more scenic. I prefer a little bit better of a view while hiking, but the destination was great and beautiful. A good deal of side hikes are available on this trail as well (check out Mary's Meadow).

backpacking
1 month ago

We did this back last August. Got there at night and and a heck of a time finding the alternate trail head. Put in first thing in the morning and it was such a easy trip overall! stayed at first lake night 1. Took a dip in the clear beautiful water, laid in the sun, complete pleacefulness. Ended up hailing that night so we made dinner in our tent with our two dogs. Day two we hiked to lake 2 and and thought lake 3 isn't that far, hike there and then choose where to camp. Loved lake 3 and stayed there. Found a great rock that reflected our fire just right at night! From lake 3 we went thru a rocky area to lake 4, it was a little confusing but found our way. overall it was a nice slow going backpacking trip over 3 days. I plan to take friends who haven't backpacked on it as an intro trip!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

The difficulty rating is appropriate, there’s a lot of up hill hiking. Getting to the top of Bald Mountain was easy enough. The views are beautiful. Yet somehow coming back down we got lost quite a few times. The trail is not defined and you kind of have to guess which direction the trail is. There were a lot of 4x4 vehicles the day we went. We were the only hikers. Im glad I did this hike but will probably not do it again unless in a vehicle.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this with hubby, our 8- and 6-year-old sons and Australian Shepherd on a Wednesday morning, only saw three other people and one dog. Nice family hike, wide trail, about 1.7 miles from the parking lot to the falls and back. There is a vault toilet but completely trashed...diapers, cups, etc. on the ground. Too bad there isn't a trash can and I agree with Ashley D...why can't people just pack out their garbage? The falls are gorgeous, I wouldn't be comfortable hiking this with my kids when there's a lot of people since the end of the trail is narrow, rocky, and misty.

hiking
1 month ago

If you continue on the dirt road in your car, it leads to a parking lot which makes the hike much shorter. Disappointed with the gross bathroom and trash left near it. Wish they had a trash can at the trailhead, and I don’t understand why people can’t pack out what they pack in. The trail is beautiful with the surrounding trees and the waterfall is amazing! Went early morning around 9 and we had the falls to ourselves. This was a quick and beautiful hike!

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Easy, relaxing trail alongside creek sounds and singing birds. Map is accurate for the 4 mile rt hike, but if you have kids I recommend to drive your car up to the parking lot. From there it's about a 2 mile rt hike. Waterfall is absolutely beautiful!

off road driving
1 month ago

Moderately challenging. Saw stock vehicles doing though. You can opt out on some of the hard stuff. Beautiful views. Well worth it. It was a challenge to find the head of the trail. Look for the stacked rocks to stay on track.

The trail is actually only about 2 miles, not 4 miles as stated. Beautiful waterfall though!

amazing hike, blinded by the white granite. very steep at the beginning overwhelming views and finally Meeting a bear on his path.
Start was a little difficult to find, but when heading North where the sign of the Summit is place easy to find. the silence in there is amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Directions from the app worked great and there are signs for forest service access road 8S31 coming from both directions of 168. We went on May 23 and the road was open so we drove the SUV up to the Rancheria Falls parking lot. Road up was pretty tough, a standard sized car might bottom out. The parking lot actually has 11 spaces but I recommend arriving early. We got there after 10:30 am and were the only ones there but buy the time we left at noon there were four groups of hikers on their way to the falls and most had dogs. Our group included hikers aged 3 to 75 and incline proved to be too much for a few. Trail is wide, well marked, and clean. Waterfall is amazing and raging now. Recommend holding hands of little kids when cliffside and by rocks. Hike well worth the trip. Bathroom on the otherhand was one of the most disgusting I've ever experienced (it would get negative stars). Nearly every hiker in our group preferred the Indian Pools hike over this one because the entire way you are right next to a river despite being more difficult to follow but these Falls are fantastic.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was great to do during May when it was still relatively cool and the clouds provided coverage from the sun. The effort is worth the view at the end (if not totally surrounded by clouds as it was for all but a few minutes when I was there). It’s very easy to lose the trail and I did so multiple times, but being able to reference this app helped. But beware, it drains your battery. Early in the trail, ribbons mark the route relatively well, but once the terrain opens up you have to rely on the rock piles which are obvious in some places and almost impossible to rely on in others.

hiking
2 months ago

Done this hike many times, sometimes as a backpack, others as a day hike. Always a great trip. Last day hike was the most interesting. It was early September, so the weather was great. Instead of starting out on the trail, we did the full loop of almost all the lakes, we left the trail within a couple hundred yards after leaving the parking lot. We crossed the creek and headed up the ridge and contoured around and went to Eastern Brook then Rainbow to Swede. We continued on the trail for a short time and then up the ridge to Fingberbowl, Island, and Rock Lakes. Back on the trail again, we took a side trip to Little Lakes then to Second Dinkey and then cut cross country to South Lake. We got back on the trail and passed Swede (again) headed to Mystery and then then back to the trailhead. That's 10 different beautiful, yet different, high Sierra lakes. All in about 6-7 hours. The trickiest part of the hike was the first section up to Eastern Brook and Rainbow Lakes, otherwise the route finding was pretty straightforward (as long as you're pretty good with a map or gps).

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