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    Showers Lake Hike

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    26.1 km
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    951 m
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    Explore California’s untouched backcountry along the Showers Lake Hike. This epic excursion offers beautiful scenes of lush meadowlands, old-growth forests, granite gardens, and alpine lakes. If you are seeking a demanding adventure near Lake Tahoe, then the Showers Lake Hike is an excellent option.

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    Route Description for Showers Lake Hike

    Shower yourself with stunning scenery along the Shower Lakes Hike. This wonderful adventure will take you through diverse landscapes that provide gorgeous vistas and ever-changing conditions. Dress in layers and prepare for extreme weather! As this trek covers a lot of ground, we recommend heading out at dawn in order to arrive back at the trailhead before dusk. Additionally, we suggest packing plenty of water and snacks to stay fueled along this taxing hike. As the path ascends into higher elevations, you should make sure that you are acclimatized to the area’s elevation prior to your trek!

    Setting out from the Pony Express Connector Trail, the Showers Lake Hike follows the Echo Summit Trailhead Access Spur to an intersection. Here, you will merge onto the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) and head south. As you hike this route, there will be several intersections and merging trails; ignore these and continue hiking the PCT all the way to the lake. Through this portion of the hike, you will weave between meadowlands, forests, and exposed ridges. Enjoy the impressive alpine views and let them motivate you to persist up to the lake. Passing Huckleberry Mountain and Little Round Top, you will eventually reach Showers Lake.

    Revel in the beauty of the charming alpine lake that is set in the mountainside and overlooks Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra. After admiring the beauty, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Showers Lake Hike Trailhead

    The Showers Lake Hike departs from the Pony Express Connector Trail off Echo Summit Ski Area Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Backcountry Camping

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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