Backpacking overnight on loop trail to Showers Lake in the Meiss Country Recreation Area, Tahoe National Forest. Started at Echo Summit on US Hwy 50, south on Pacific Crest Trail to Showers Lake, continued south on PCT to junction with the Tahoe Rim Trail at the Meiss Ranch Summer Cabin (photo above), then cut over on the “Christmas Valley” trail to catch the Hawley Grade National Recreation Trail back up to Echo Summit

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GPX track file

21.32 mi (8.63 mi uphill, 9.77 mi downhill, 2.83 mi flat)
3100 ft total ascent (7834 ft descent) – 15.1 % uphill grade, 100.6 % downhill grade
1 day 3:55:36 total time (9:51:33 moving, 18:04:03 stopped)
0:27:44 pace (2.2 mph average speed, 18.9 mph max speed)
41.076 difficulty, 79.939 effort