Heat Escape to Shealor Lake
For me, it is too hot for a strenuous hike. It is also too hot to stay in the lower elevations. The hike to Shealor Lake is the perfect solution. It is only 1.5 miles to the lake and a great swimming destination. This is not to say it is an easy trail, but moderate compare to many others taking you to an alpine lake.
From the trailhead, you climb 238’ up a rocky slope, taking about 15-20 minutes. Then you descend 470’ on a zigzag rocky path with the lake in clear view. Of course, you will have this 470’ climb on your return trip. After a rest and a swim at the lake, you should not find the switchback trail too difficult. Just stay at the lake until it starts to cool down a bit. In all, it takes about an hour each way for the hike. The most difficult part is discerning the proper trail at all times since many spurs take off from the main trail. Upon your arrival at the lake, look back to visually mark your trail for the return trip.
We did try fishing here, but ...