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Meeks Bay Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 8,880 Feet (2768.1 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 2,460 Feet (766.8 Meters)
Length, One-way: 8 Miles (13.33 Kilometers) to Rubicon; Other distances: 4.5 mi. to Genevieve; 5 mi. to Craig; 5.7 mi. to Hidden; 5.9 mi. to Shadow; 6.3 mi. to Stony Ridge
Low Point: 6,420 Feet (2001.2 Meters)


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General Description

This trail is located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. The moderate hike takes you along the northernmost part of the unofficial Tahoe-Yosemite Trail. After following a road for approximately 1.3 miles, the trail passes a small spring, parallels Meeks Creek and continues upward into a forested valley. A chain of alpine lakes can be seen before the trail ascends 1,000 feet up a series of switchbacks leading to Phipps Pass.

A wilderness permit is required for this trail. Day hikers can obtain a permit at the self-service stations located at the trailheads. Overnight users must obtain a permit and pay fees in person from a Forest Service office or the Forest Service Visitor Center.

Directions from South Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 89 to the Meeks Bay Resort. Parking is located across the highway from the resort at a small dirt parking lot.

Seasonal Information:
Recommended Season: Spring through Fall .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Overnight permits from Forest Service required.
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Meeks Bay Trail
Yes
ICON Rivers & Streams Meeks Creek
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Lake Tahoe Basin
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Lake Tahoe Basin
Yes



Related Activities
Meeks Bay Campground - Meeks Bay Campground is located on the west shore of the lake, 10 miles south of Tahoe City.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Nevada Commission on Tourism, 401 N. Carson Street , Carson City, NV, 89701

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