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Backpack Showers Lake

Tahoe Rim Trail

South Lake Tahoe, California

Backpack Showers Lake

16.2 Miles Total - 3090 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by The Outbound Collective

The Showers Lake Trail is a 16.2 mile hike in El Dorado National Forest. This is a Pacific Crest Trail hike that features an amazing lake and a magic meadow - typically used for backpacking, hiking, and trail running.

The Showers Lake Trail winds through beautiful meadows, with the majority of the elevation gain occurring at the very beginning and end of the hike. Early in the season, some of the trail has snow on it so it is recommended to bring trekking poles. In the summer, wildflowers are abundant. The lake is perfect for a swim to cool off on a hot Tahoe afternoon. 

It is recommended to camp on the east side of the lake (where the giant boulders are) to avoid being in noisy alpine winds all night. After you get set up, search for a view of South Lake Tahoe (an additional 10-15 minutes of climbing). 

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole



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