Granite-bound Showers Lake
A great way to get there is by hiking or horseback riding the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) northbound from the Meiss Meadows Trailhead at Carson Pass. The single-track PCT travels over a scenic saddle and then drops down into Meiss Meadows, leading you to the historic Meiss Cabin. From there, it takes two more miles across meadows and uphill through open forest to reach near-timberline Showers Lake, where you are treated to a sweeping view of deep blue water, granite boulders, pines and mountain hemlocks—backdropped by the northeast-facing slopes of the Sierra Crest with steep meadows and graggy walls of rocks.
The out-and-back trip from the Meiss Meadows Trailhead to Showers Lake is a little over ten miles long and takes five to six hours, depending on your pace and recreational diversions.