It was also a bit chilly under the shades at the lake so advise to bring a light sweater. Riding any of these back to the Big Meadow Trail head rather than the Xmas Valley Downhill is a fun, technical option. Reliable water sources: Big Meadow Creek (located half a mile south of the Big Meadow trailhead), Round Lake, Upper Truckee River in Meiss Meadows, Showers Lake, and Echo Lake all offer drinking water year-round, though the water at Echo Lake can be hard to access. This trailhead is pretty popular as there are many trails to access from there......arrive early. The next.58 of a mile South to Round Lake is a Intermediate 3 difficulty climb. I don't know if I just didn't have my hiking legs when I did this but it felt like a pretty tough hike. At Big Meadow Trailhead there is plenty of parking and restroom facilities. gentle climb. Trail around Round lake is nice- some scrambling. After the meadow, continue on through traditional forest, and later as the trail gets steeper you will reach the summit and end at Round Lake. The trail went through thick woods with tons of fallen trees and branches on the forest floor. its just about 3 miles into Round Lake from the Big Meadow Trailhead. The trail consists mostly of nice forest and quite a few beautiful meadows, I was hopeful for a bear sighting but no such luck. Big meadow is so beautiful! The next trail junction is the turnoff that will take you to. Lots of mosquitoes this time of year so be warned. Overall good trail if you just want to get someone without a lot of hikers where it’s peaceful. I f you like hiking through meadows like I do, then this hike through Big Meadow is absolutely for you.. Check out this trail: Big Meadow to Meiss Meadows and Showers Lake: Trail Location: Big Meadow Trailhead is located on Hwy. On my way out, I didn't really realize how much climbing you're doing pretty consistently. Great for dogs since it’s not too rocky. Distance: 3.2 miles one-way from Big Meadow Trailhead to Round Lake. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. All water found on trail must be tr eated before drinking. great trail. If you opt to push on to the junction, there's a cool cabin in the meadows (Meiss Cabin I think?). Hiked it in early August. Big Meadow rarely disappoints. Once you hit the TRT/PCT junction, it's a lot more mellow until the final ascent to Shower's Lake but the initial 5-6 miles is a bit of an uphill climb. Big Meadow to Star Lake Trail Location: Big Meadow Trailhead is located on Hwy. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. No fires were allowed when I went. Please do not camp within 200' of water sources. Plenty of well maintained stair sections along this trail. Distance: 6.4 miles round trip. After the big meadow, I stayed high along the valley wall to avoid big patches of snow but this is pretty steep and mostly loose rock, pretty sketchy. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Little Round Top 9,590' Round Meadow wley C A R S O N R A N G E + 9,020' Red Lake Peak 10,061' C A Hell H o Luther Pass 7,735' Tucker Flat Grade H o p e V a l l e y Echo Summit 7,377' Hope Valle y F r e e l M e a d o w s Thompson Peak 9,340' Waterhouse Peak 9,497' Benwood Meadow + 9,422' Eldorado National Forest Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt. Hiked in hiking tennis’s. We made our way out onto the peninsula and found a great lunch spot. perfect hike. These include the Scott's Lake spur, the Dardanelles Lake spur, and continuing on the Rim Trail to Round Lake. Big Meadow trailhead to Round Lake We parked at Big Meadow Trailhead off of Hwy 89. The trail itself is well trafficked with other backpackers, day hikers and mountain bikers and not to technical. A little bugggy in July and got caught in a hail storm but tiz the trail life! Bug we’re to a minimum. Overall, this is a nice hike but I don't know I'd recommend going all the way to Shower's unless you're interested in logging miles. In a little over 2.5 miles you will reach Round Lake which is rimmed by the lava and ash of Dardanelles cliffs. Just short of one mile, the first climb ends and you make your way past this thicket along the Big Meadow Creek. Great hike a bird watching - saw an osprey diving in to the water hunting for fish which was amazing! Year round water can be found at Big Meadow Creek, Round Lake, Upper Truckee River, Showers Lake, and Benwood Creek. Have fun and be safe! The fish can be picky. The trail runs down the middle of the meadow which is covered in wildflowers in the spring. This is the second ascent portion of the trail. Lots of places to camp if backpacking. Here I'm looking down into a creek that feeds from here to the Upper Truckee River. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. We enjoyed the sun on the way back. To stretch your legs some more, continue hiking to Round Lake (6.5 miles) and then up to Dardanelles Lake … Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Big Meadow to Echo Summit Loop is a 19.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. If you start at the top of the pass rather than the Big Meadow Trailhead you shave 1.4 miles and 600' of climbing off the start of your trip. Big Meadow via Tahoe Rim Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Bridges, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités et est accessible toute l'année. I tried to follow a small trail around the lake. Both lakes were gorgeous and I recommend seeing them both in one hike if you can. its just about 3 miles into Round Lake from the Big Meadow Trailhead. The meadow towards the beginning is beautiful and Round Lake is a great place for a picnic break. The hike starts off at the trailhead parking lot just off Highway 89 on Luther … Le sentier longe un lac et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. Seasonal streams may be present. Drive south of Meyers, CA, along SR 89 (through Christmas Valley) for approximately 5 miles. To stretch your legs some more, continue hiking to Round Lake (6.5 miles) and then up to Dardanelles Lake (8 miles). Great hike to Dardanelles lake than over to Round lake Cool weather. Great camp sites around the lake but very popular and crowded. we started early morning. The total trip was 11 miles. Popular with bicycles but they share the trail well. Trail dry except for little patches of snow towards round lake. 89 at Luther Pass, 5 1/2 miles south of the junction of Hwy. Lots of shaded areas. We will begin our trek at the Big Meadow Trailhead in the southernmost part of the Lake Tahoe basin and travel south along the Tahoe Rim Trail to… a BIG MEADOW! I recommend packing extra tackle. Saturday, August 17, 2019, Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and the Sugar Pine Foundation as we team up for a morning of hiking and exploring! Couldn’t do the entire trail as it was snowed out. Nice trail hike with a great swim in round lake! the lake is beautiful. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Its just as pretty from this direction as well. We hiked to Dardanelles Lake and walked around a bit and then ended up going to Round Lake. It was busy but people were friendly & polite. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Big Meadow to Round Lake is a 9.7 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Round lake is beautiful and there are many campsites on both the east and west sides of the lake. Location: Big Meadow trailhead. Crystal Basin Boondocking - Memorial Day 2020. The Big Meadow to Round Lake trail is a 6.1 mile hike in El Dorado National Forest, near South Lake Tahoe. Not too long. I didn’t run in to any mosquitos, but there were lots of other insects along the way. At about the 2 1/2 mile point is the junction to either continue on the Tahoe Rim Trail to Round Lake and Meiss Meadow, or to turn right on the Lake Valley trail toward Lake Dardanelles. This trail is popular with mountain bikers. Out of the meadow and into the pines. Big Meadow to Round Lake is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Would be a fun one for the family. Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake via Tahoe Rim Trail, Echo Summit Via Hawley Grade National Recreation Trail, Dardanelles Lake via Christmas Valley Trail, Freel Peak Via Tahoe Rim Trail (Big Meadow), Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Big Meadow to Echo Summit Loop, Echo Lake to Emerald Bay via Pacific Crest Trail, Scott's Lake via Scott’s Lake Luther Connector, Lake Aloha and Ralston Peak via Pacific Crest Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT): Big Meadow to Echo Summit. The trail runs down the middle of the meadow which is covered in wildflowers in the spring. Be very CAREFUL at the start of this trail because from the trail head you have to cross highway 89 to continue. A little after Big Meadow is a junction with the Lake Valley trail, which heads off to the west and is the primary way to get to the popular Lake Dardanelles in the middle of Lake Valley. Not too steep. Pasted about 8 sets of other hikers/biker. It's three miles one way. Near the end of the hike just before the lake the rock formations are prime...big trees, a crystal stream. The hike to Round Lake starts at Big Meadow, and as the name implies, it is a very big meadow! Great hike to the lake. Beautiful and varied hike through pine and fir trees, meadows, rock slides, and by a lovely lake. This was a beautiful hike. As for parking, I arrived at 7AM on a Sunday and lot was almost full, seems to be plenty of parking along the road as needed though. It’s almost not enough for full time snow shoes but as the snow softens, you can sink up to your knees in places so definitely be careful. I hiked to Dardanelles Lake with my dog lastnight, heavy with mosquitos the whole way but a nice hike. Tahoe Rim Trail from Big Meadow to South Kingsbury Following the trail from Luther Pass to Heavenly's Stagecoach Lodge. The Big Meadow trail junction with the Round Lake Trail sits 2.68 trail miles Southwest of the Big Meadow trailhead located on Highway 89. Not kid friendly this time of year in my opinion. Les chiens sont les bienvenus sur ce sentier. Dardanelles Lake A s I wrote in the Big Meadow to Round Lake summary, if you like hiking through meadows like I do, then this hike through Big Meadow is absolutely for you. DESCRIPTION: The hike to Dardanelles Lake is about an 8 mile round trip hike starting at the TRTA Big Meadow trail head.The trail first passes uphill through a mixed fir forest opening up to Big Meadow after about 1/2 mile. The lake was still frozen over, and peaceful, so still worth it, but if you’re looking for big views, look elsewhere. Below are some brief trail descriptions. The first trail connector you see is the junction to Scotts lake. Although this section of the Tahoe Rim Trail is only open to bikes for 5 miles from the Big Meadows trailhead to where it meets the Pacific Crest Trail, there are a couple side adventures to be … At any point in this area you can begin to hike off-trail in a southward and uphill direction. It is mostly a downhill hike from Big Meadow Trailhead to this junction. Mostly uphill going to round lake. Round Lake is absolutly gorgeous, and is a great day hike or beginner backpacking trip. Right out of the trailhead you do have to cross the highway, we call this the "Run For Your Life" section..... Be sure to look both ways.....twice! The trailhead is located off Highway 89 at Luther Pass. Well maintained trail and switchbacks are way easier to manage. On our hike out we took a detour to Round lake before heading back to the truck. Round like is also nice, with good views, but doesn't compare to Dardanelles. Quick gear and map check...………...away we go. There were already more than ten other tents at Round Lake when we got there. Every stretch of up is rewarded with an equal stretch of down. Awesome hike from Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake and Round Lake, off of the Tahoe Rim Trail was so beautiful. Both sides are blind corners so it's very hard to see oncoming traffic. At around 2 total miles, you’ll see a creek surrounded by grasses and willow. Seems very popular with backpackers, perhaps because the trail is short and no permit is required to camp overnight. To hike to Round Lake--which is about 3 miles one way, one must carefully cross Hwy 89 from the parking lot to where the trail continues on the other side. Day hiked Big Meadow TH to Shower's Lake. If you are biking please do signal your presence. We decided to stay right, along the trail and skirt the north end of the lake to do a little exploration. Your hike up is along a creek, so you'll be in and out of these beautiful aspens. The trail is well maintained and moderately trafficked. A great trail! Trail Map Lower parking to Big Meadow Trail head Solid option in the Tahoe area. Found a nice spot to have lunch & headed back. Easy to find the trail. We spotted this little island and what appears to be a peninsula just beyond. Also ran into a thunderstorm right as I was passing through Big Meadow on my way back. bring a lunch or snack. Note: be mindful of traffic as the the trail is shared by hikers, mountain bikers and horses. If you're looking for a great day hike or even a potential overnight backpack spot, you've got to check out Round Lake. Hiking to Round Lake via the Big Meadow Trailhead offers two stunning sights in a single South Shore trip. Starting at the Big Meadow Trailhead Parking Area, travel south along the trail, passing through a pleasant meadow before starting a rolling climb past a trail junction to the shores of Round Lake.While at the lake, take time to enjoy its serene, still waters, shaded by towering volcanic cliffs on … Otherwise, this is a nice trail and well marked. Big Meadow to Round Lake est un sentier allez-retour de 6 miles très fréquenté situé près de South Lake Tahoe, Californie. Recently my family explored the portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail from Big Meadow (near Luther Pass on HWY 89) to Round Lake. Did this hike on August 1 and It's dry from the trailhead to round lake so make sure to bring enough water to last you. From Big Meadow, we had about two more miles to Round Lake. From the Big Meadow/Scott’s Lake signpost, travel approximately 1.5 miles along the Big Meadow Trail. If you try and follow the trail in the next week or so, expect to encounter lots of snow. We scouted out plenty of great campsites. Right after the road crossing, you begin an ascent that's moderately graded and easy to follow. Lakes are close in proximity to each other, but completely different in terms of identity and setting. Fishing up at round lake. With the creek behind, so are the aspens. Perfect for an overnight backpacking trip. No one on the trail until about 10am. There are also maps at the trailhead..take one. Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake via Tahoe Rim Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Beautiful! Big Meadow trailhead to PCT junction 4.9 mi. Big Meadow. Moderate difficulty trail with nice scenery along the way. Keep an eye/ear on mountain bikers as they use this trail also. Big Meadow. Access from: South Shore Lake Tahoe. At Round Lake we look at the beauty of this high Sierra lake that has Sierra … Along the way I took mental notes of how this section would be to ride. Nice breeze. CAUTION Carry a complete TRT or Tahoe Basin map. Stairs in the trail in the middle. On a stretch of the Tahoe Rim Trail south of Soon you will reach Big Meadow, with great views of the surrounding mountains enjoy the sites before continuing. Distances Big Meadow trailhead to Big Meadow 0.7 mi. If you're looking for a great day hike or even a potential overnight backpack spot, you've got to check out Round Lake. Fresh dirt...………..this is a new section of trail that we have never hiked before. Awesome trail! In another 1/4 mile is this signed junction post for Lake Dardanelles. We brought a seasoned 8 year old that had such a good time he had no idea how many miles he just hiked. Its at the southern most portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail near the connector to the Pacific Crest Trail at Meiss Meadows, which is just another 2.5 miles south. After lunch (and a nap) we did a little exploring around the lake. Great trail! Description: A trail leads 200 yards from the end of the parking lot to Hwy 89 — cross with caution and look for a trail marker on the south side of the highway. Probably a bit early in the season for most dogs. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Add 2.8 … The Big Meadow to Round Lake Trail is accessible year-round as it can be snowshoed in the winter. Approximately 1 ½ miles into a steeper walk, you will find a large meadow covered in wildflowers. After the meadow, continue on through traditional forest, and later as the trail … Tons of wildflowers still but also a lot of bugs on the trail. Water is warm enough to jump in at Dardenelles. On a hike up to Round Lake we help a scarab beetle cross the trail. Highlights: Round Lake, Big Meadow, and wildflowers in early summer. Big Meadow to Round Lake with side trip to Dardanelles via Tahoe Rim Trail. Nice lake but there was green algae in the water. Round Lake was nice, seemed very crowded for backpacking and Shower's Lake was also really crowded. Dogs are also able to use this trail. The trail is well defined and easy going even though it's an 1100 foot gain in elevation. Easy hike. The first "Big Payoff" of this trip is the view coming into this alpine meadow, Its just under half a mile long and truly a beautiful sight. The meadow is very pretty. There is plenty of shade throughout the entire trail. Uphill is a beast on the way in. Would do it during spring/summer. Not many people on the trail, Awesome trail, plenty of water flowing at the creek. And a great, after-lunch nap spot as well. Enough terrain changes to keep their interest. At the Big Meadow Trailhead, head south and across the highway towards Big Meadow. Big Meadow trailhead to Round Lake 2.6 mi. A few people told me it went all the way around, but got a little stuck halfway (after a few scrambles with my pup) and was told by some backpackers it would be easiest to just turn around. 89 at Luther Pass, 5 1/2 miles south of the junction of Hwy. Dog friendly terrain the whole way. Its at the southern most portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail near the connector to the Pacific Crest Trail at Meiss Meadows, which is just another 2.5 miles south. Approximately 1 ½ miles into a steeper walk, you will find a large meadow covered in wildflowers. Mountain bikers and horses use the trail as well so stay alert. Big Meadow Trailhead Horseback riding in the Lake Tahoe area and the Central Sierra is nothing short of spectacular! most of the trail is in the trees so it was cold. Absolutely fantastic journey for families that are introducing backpacking to the younger generation. Arrived at 7:30 AM on a Saturday and the lot was already full so I parked along the highway. Highland Trail to Forni Lake Desolation Wilderness Elevation 7,641, Crystal Basin Boondocking and Two Peaks El Dorado County, CA Tahoe National Forest, El Dorado National Forest - South Tahoe Basin. At the Big Meadow Trailhead, head south and across the highway towards Big Meadow. The trial continues up along Big Meadow creek crossing several streams lined with beautiful wildflowers. This is a fantastic lake for swimming; enjoy … You will start out at the Big Meadow trailhead at the Luther Pass parking lot. It can be steep at times but not very difficult. Big Meadow. Big Meadow to Dardanelles via Tahoe … Dardanelles is a beautiful lake to camp by the water. I logged about 16 miles and around 2500ft elevation gain. You'll hear the highway before you see it and that signals the end of the days adventure. 50, Meyers (5 miles from South Lake Tahoe, CA) Parking Directions for Round Lake Hiking Trail: Parking for the trail to Round Lake is located at the Big Meadow Campground and parking area on SR 89 just west of Luther Pass. I'm sure there is a sign warning motorists to slow down, but no one seem to care. The hike to Round Lake starts at Big Meadow, and as the name implies, it is a very big meadow! Looking down at Round Lake after a quick stop just before this spot. The hike up to Round Lake from the Big Meadow trailhead is moderately difficult as 75% of the trail is an uphill incline to the lake - not easy, but not hard either.. We spent some time scouting out campsites along the North and Northwest shores of the lake. Big Meadow is a vast and the trail cuts through it on the way to Round Lake. Back down the switchbacks and into the aspens lining Big Meadow Creek. 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