Granted, Hwy 88 isn’t the thoroughfare that Hwy 50 is, but I’m still surprised at how few hikers we encountered (3 people and a dog). This is a superior hike to Horsetail Falls. It’s easier to follow, it has better views, and the lake is a more pleasant destination. I’m guessing it’s the trek from 50, along the winding, 26-mile Mormon Emigrant Trail Road, to 88 that puts most people off exploring this area.
Or maybe no one was out because theydidn’t expect the trail to be snow-free. I can verify that the snow level is well above this trail’s high point of 7600 feet. We’ll be trying for a 9400-foot saddle on our next hike (Winnemucca-Round Top Lakes Loop, also accessible from Hwy 88).
Source: Evans, Stephen L. "Shealor Lake Trail." Top Trails Sacramento. 4th ed. Birmingham: Wilderness, 2012. Print.
Length: 3.2 miles
Water: The snowpack is still melting and runoff is evident. Shealor Lake is currently full to the brim!
Use: Light. During prime hiking season, this trail is reputed to be busy.
Differences from published description: None.
Jasper’s rating: 5 paws out of 5.
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