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Shealor Lake Trail

 4.5 (4)

Length


1.1 Miles 1.7 Kilometers


205' 62 m

Ascent

-418' -128 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

7,655' 2,333 m

High

7,236' 2,206 m

Low

Shared By Fred Margolin

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All Clear 66 days ago
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A fun, super easy trail with pretty lake views.

Fred Margolin

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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Aug 25, 2018
Genady Shagal
38.655382, -120.134864
Aug 7, 2018
Genady Shagal
38.655380, -120.134861
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
Sep 11, 2016
Nick Hanten
Nice short hike to a lovely lake. Great lunch spot. 2.2mi — 2h 00m

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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