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George Lake

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If you are looking for an all day fishing and hiking adventure, try the hike to George Lake. The trail to George Lake, via the Potter Pass Trail, is about 9.5 miles long and is on the rugged side. There are areas on this trail that are very steep. These are the most difficult areas. The length of this trail and the steep areas are the reason for the "rugged" description. This hike is very much worth the difficulty, and is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the area (See photos:

The parking lot for Potter Pass Trail is about 5 miles up Kaiser Pass Road. The trailhead is on the opposite side of the road from the parking lot. You will steadily ascend about 1,100 feet in about 2 miles. This climb will take you to Potter Pass. Potter Pass will provide phenomenal views of the surrounding mountains and a small meadow below. This is a great place to take a break after the hard climb, and if you left the parking lot at about 10:30, you should reach the pass at around lunchtime. When you leave the pass, you will immediately start heading back downhill. The first 1.5 miles downhill are fairly steep and the ground can be loose, so watch your footing. At the bottom of the steepest downhill section, the trail flattens out and you will have another 1.5 miles to Lower Twin Lake. You can fish here. The deep drop off on the West side of the lake is the best place, and 10-12 inch trout are not uncommon. A few hundred yards up the trail from here, is Upper Twin Lake. There is a small outlet cave on the Northeast side of the lake that provides some cool exploration opportunities. You can fish here too, but fish are generally smaller and less common than they are at Lower Twin. The trail from Upper Twin to George Lake is a steady uphill for about 1.5 miles, but much less rugged that the first part of the hike. About a quarter mile up the trail to George Lake, there is another cave.this cave goes all the way through to an exit on the other side, and is very cool to explore as well. Once you reach George Lake, you will realize why this hike is so popular. You will see 2 peaks towering over the lake, and Kaiser Peak is visible to the West. You can fish here too. Fish are mostly between 8 and 10 inches and are most common in May and September. You can do this whole hike in a day, or you can camp on the Northeast side of the lake. Either way, I highly recommend this hike.

Sierra Marina

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Sierra Marina is located at the north end of Shaver Lake and is operating from mid April to mid October. They are a full service marina offering boat rentals, fishing licenses and tackle, and gasoline. Sierra Marina offers rentals for patio pontoon boats and smaller fishing boats that are set up with a fish finder and a radio. Boat rentals start at $95 for a half day and $170 for a full day (8AM-5PM). Sierra Marina does not allow towing with their patio boats. For more pricing and contact information, visit  
Last Updated on Sunday, 15 February 2015 03:11

Indian Pools

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Indian Pools is a fairly easy trail due to the fact that it is very flat almost the whole way. This trail has a lot of amazing views in the spring and summer. There are small, calm pools that you will pass every so often that you can jump in and swim in, so bring you swimsuit. The trailhead is located in the corner of the farthest parking lot at the China Peak Resort. There should be a sign next to the trailhead that reads "Indian Pools Trail." The trail starts off very easy, but towards the end, you may have to climb over a few downed trees and climb over some rocks. It is nothing outrageous and is totally doable for everyone. Sometimes, the trail isn't very well marked, but if you just keep going in the direction that makes the most sense, you will run into another trail marker (stacked rocks). There are more pools and waterfalls farther up the trail, so make sure you bring your swimsuit and try it no matter how cold it is.



China Peak Mountain Bike Park

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Chances are, if you are a mountain biker, you will love China Peak Mountain Bike Park. Ride your own, or rent a bike at China Peak, then take the chairlift to the top of the mountain. Since its opening in 2010, mountain bikers from all over have come to experience the China Peak Mountain Bike Park. If you are not into biking, but you want to check it out, you can take a scenic chairlift ride to the top of the mountain and back for only $15. China Peak Mountain Bike Park is open Saturdays and Sundays in August. Only August.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2015 23:43

Shaver Lake Stable

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Shaver Lake Stable is located about 1/2 mile past Camp Edison. The stable is open from May to October and offers 1 hour and 2 hour rides for $38 and $65 respectively. Their rides offer great views of the lake and allow you to access places around Shaver Lake that you couldn't on foot. For more information about rides and reservations, visit their website at   

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