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Showers Lake, Little Round Top peak from Schneider Cow Camp, hwy 88

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 812' 247 m
Descent: -508' -155 m
High: 9,144' 2,787 m
Low: 8,350' 2,545 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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An easy day hike from Highway 88. Located from Caples Lake behind CalTrans Maintenance Station.

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy dirt road, parking area, low mileage, great trail for children, dogs, swimming, picnics

Snow in Winter, unplowed. Would be a great XC ski or snowshoe during snowy periods. A valid SNO-Park pass is most likely needed during Winter (November-May).

Description

The drive in is easy: Follow dirt road behind CalTrans Maintenance Station from Hwy88/Caples Lake. The road turns right and follows beautiful Aspen trees, wrapping around to a cattle-loading structure where dirt parking area is apparent. Trail begins at bottom of road and climbs upward, zig-zagging to the ridge. The sun and elevation can be a challenge, although plenty of rests and water breaks will get you to the ridge top. Follow ridge as trail begins to drop down, eventually meeting up with Pacific Crest Trail. A right turn heads South to Meiss Lake, Left meanders through Pine forest where camping is allowed and Showers Lake emerges. Great places to picnic are past the spillway and rocks are of plenty to lay out after a dip or lunch break.

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On trail to Showers Lake with views of Big Meadow Creek area and South Lake Tahoe!
Feb 4, 2016 near South L…, CA
Fooling around on a rock in Eldorado National Forest!
Feb 4, 2016 near South L…, CA
Schneider Cow Camp from Caples Lake, Eldorado N.F.
Feb 4, 2016 near South L…, CA
Great picnic site at Showers Lake. Okay fishing, good swimming, quiet...
Feb 4, 2016 near South L…, CA