One of California’s best kept secrets, Shaver Lake, is becoming more and more known to the public as Shaver Lake grows in popularity by the day, Hidden in the Sierra National Forest, the serene backdrop of the mountains sinking behind the glistening turquoise lake looks like you just stepped straight into a Disney film and with a population of 705, you really can be at one with nature.
With Shaver Lake being quite a distance from San Francisco, it is recommended to go for a few days on an extended break to make the most of it. Besides, whether you want to just delve deep into a good book, surrounded by the spectacular noises, sights and smells of the peaceful surroundings or if you fancy a more active retreat, everyone can fill their time here.
Driving from San Francisco will take up to 5 hours. The fastest route is to get on the l-80 E on Mission St and Folsom St. Follow the l-580, I-205 E and CA-99 S to Ave 15 and W Cleveland Ave in Madera. Stop in Madera to stretch your legs, grab a coffee and relax before hitting the road again. Take exit 155 from CA-99 S then take CA-145 N, moving on to Millerton Rd, Auberry Rd and CA-168 to Sparrow Rd until you reach Shaver Lake.
If this all sounds a bit much for you, you can take the bus from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Hayward then jump on the 6725 or 6781 Greyhound to Madera. From Madera, take the Eastern Madera County bus to South Fork where you can hail a cab to your hotel.