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Hiking & Walking: California > Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Quick Facts

Big Meadows Trail to Round Lake

Beginning Elevation: 7,200 Feet (2244.4 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 870 Feet (271.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,070 Feet (2515.6 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.7 Miles (4.5 Kilometers)

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General Description

This trail is located south of Lake Tahoe. The first half mile of this trail climbs steeply from the highway through Jeffrey pine and white fir to Big Meadow. After crossing the creek and a large meadow, the trail enters the cover of a lodgepole cloaked forest. In another 1.5 miles, the trail descends nearly 250 feet along an aspen-covered bank to a junction. Take the left fork which leads by a wall of interesting volcanic rock. After another short climb up a small hill, the trail leads to Round Lake, Meiss Country's largest lake. The brownish-green lake is a great place for a refreshing swim or for trying your hand at catching some cutthroat trout.

Directions from South Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 50 southwest to Highway 89. Go south on 89 to the Big Meadows parking lot on the left. Follow the trail at the lower end of the parking lot approximately 200 yards, where it intersects with the highway. Cross the highway cautiously and look for the trailhead signboard.

Seasonal Information:
Recommended Season: Spring through Fall .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Cutthroat Trout
ICON Hiking & Walking Big Meadows Trail to Round Lake
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Round Lake
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Round Lake
ICON Viewing Scenery Lake Tahoe Basin
ICON Viewing Wildlife Lake Tahoe Basin

Related Activities
Big Meadows Trail to Dardanelles Lake - This trail, south of Lake Tahoe, is particularly scenic in the fall. Dardanelles Lake is surrounded by picturesque granite cliffs on one side and flat granite shelves on the other.

Big Meadows Trail to Scotts Lake - This trail is located south of Lake Tahoe. It begins along the Big Meadows Trail and then forks off to Scotts Lake.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 870 Emerald Bay Road, Suite 1 , South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150, Phone: 530-573-2674


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