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Shaver Lake Loop

 7 votes

18.4 Miles 29.6 Kilometers



2,355' 718 m


-2,355' -718 m


5,848' 1,782 m


5,230' 1,594 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (16°)

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Several trails linked to complete the loop. Not quite as hard to do as "In search of Elvis" implies!

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Mostly singletrack around the lake, connects multiple trails to create perimeter trail around the lake. You can start from many points such as: Dorabella RD, Dinkey Creek Rd, Shaver Marina Etc. To complete the loop does require a bit of road riding though. You can also start just about anywhere and go out and back for a nice ride.
Dogs: Off-leash


Mostly shaded, higher elevation, nice for a summer ride to beat the heat, but can still get quite dusty. Sometimes you might see hikers/runners or horses, but I've never had any issues. I rarely see anyone else on this trail once you're a couple of miles out of the Dorabella area.

I usually park near or on Dorabella and ride CCW. If you do you may note several different trails leaving the campground area and the residential area above it. No worries, all the trails come together very quickly and initially parallel the lake shore. The Perimeter Trail is marked to a degree with a circled "P" on trees. The link below will take you to a PDF file with a map and other information.…

Shaver Lake and it's immediate surroundings are managed/controlled by Southern California Edison. They are supportive and a couple of the guys I ran into the first time out there even gave me some directions on how to connect trails, although it turned out to be pretty obvious.


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Aug 26, 2017
Brian Trukki
Jul 4, 2017
Patrick Moore
Apr 28, 2017
Dan Conners
This trail needs a lot of work. The big winter put branches crap all over the trail.there is not much technical writing but a lot of very steep cli...
Jul 11, 2015
Tod Newman
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Minor Issues 87 days ago
Dry, Fallen Trees - Parked at Dorabella for $5. Rode counterclockwise. Glad I had my iPhone mounted on handlebars with GPS because there is a lot of logging activity and the heavy equipment has dug up the ground and the trail is hard to identify in many places on the eastern section. Also very dusty and deep soft dirt, like riding on the beach in many places. But overall had a great time. Fun singletrack and some hard technical areas. Take a full camelback and an extra water bottle and some food.
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Just hiked the trail this afternoon, boots and a pack with snow falling. 6 hours thirty-two minutes 22 seconds. Not bad for an old man, LOL. Mar 30, 2016

18.4 miles Mar 30, 2016

I found the trail difficult to follow in some places. Very few "P's" and signs weren't always present when there were choices to be made. Also, the Lakeshore Trail was clearly designed for hiking, not mountain biking, so there were a number of places that require technical skills. I had to get off my bike many times making the trip slower than I expected. Nice ride though. Aug 1, 2016

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