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Shealor Lake Trail

Intermediate
 4.6 (7)

A fun, super easy trail with pretty lake views.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

Point to Point

7,655' 2,333 m

High

7,236' 2,206 m

Low

205' 62 m

Up

418' 128 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

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

Family Friendly Short, easy, and fun in the sun. A great swimming option for the day.

Description

From the parking area, begin on the trail to the right of information sign. There you'll start a moderate climb through the trees. Look behind you, as you gain altitude, and you'll be blessed with views of thunderous Thunder Mountain (the backside of Kirkwood ski resort), high above Silver Lake and Kit Carson Lodge.

The trail then moves out of tree line and quickly climbs to a ridge, where you can then see Shealor Lake in the distance. A short meander down leads you to the lake which has some nice camping spots or you can picnic on a granite slab for the day.

This area is great for children, families, and dogs are welcome. I was surprised to see three people doing laps and synchronized swimmers! There are a few nearby lakes to also check out if too many folks are cramping your style... Be prepared to scramble off-trail and descend to other areas. Worth the fun! Bring your topo map or use the Hiking Project mobile app, binoculars, and remember your sunscreen!

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Shared By:

Fred Margolin

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  4.6 from 7 votes

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Beautiful Shealor Lake
Jul 14, 2018 near South L…, CA
Shealor lake looking south
Jul 14, 2018 near South L…, CA
We reached the top of the ridge in under a half hour and the views were great! We could spot people already swimming through our binoculars not far from the Shealor Lakes Trail.
Feb 5, 2016 near South L…, CA
We found an amazing giant slab on our way to another, quieter unnamed lake on the Shealor Lake Trail.
Feb 5, 2016 near South L…, CA
A beautiful though murky lake near the Shealor Lake Trail.
Feb 5, 2016 near South L…, CA
A beautiful old tree at the top of the ridge
Jul 14, 2018 near South L…, CA

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Aug 26, 2020
David Vernon
Soleil's first mountain hike with whole family 2.4mi — 4h 30m
Aug 23, 2020
Jason Harris
Great hike, and it wasn't crowded at all. We took our time and enjoyed the scenery. It isn't far, but you can't hear any Hwy traffic at all. Peaceful. 1.4mi
Jun 10, 2020
Troop 33126
Bea 2.2mi — 2h 00m
Jun 6, 2020
Ivan Vo
Jul 14, 2018
David Nash
Awesome spot. It's amazing to have access to such a beautiful spot at this elevation so close to the road. 3mi — 2h 00m
Jul 5, 2018
David Michelsen
2.5mi
Jun 26, 2018
Heidi Galvez
May 12, 2018
Jorn Nordahl