Backpack Showers Lake

Tahoe Rim Trail - Search Nearby - 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). 

Distance

16.2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

3090 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Camping, Photography, Running, Backpacking, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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