Big Meadow trailhead to Round Lake

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I went hiking on the Big Meadow trail head to Round Lake for the first time yesterday. The hike to Round Lake starts at Big Meadow, and as the name implies, it is a very big meadow! The trail runs down the middle of the meadow which is covered in wildflowers in the spring. 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. From the Big Meadow to Round Lake it’s about 3.26 miles of hiking.

 

This is the beginning of the trail to big meadow
This is the beginning of the trail to big meadow
This is part of Big Meadow
This is part of Big Meadow
A beautiful alpine lake on the trail
A beautiful alpine lake on the trail

 

Directions: From South Lake Tahoe, take highway 50 towards Sacramento, turning east onto highway 89 (Luther Pass) before US 50 heads up to Echo Summit. Follow highway 89 up towards Luther Pass, turning left into the Big Meadow Parking Area just a mile or so before the pass. Park in this lot where you will also find a restroom and information center. It is easy to miss the left turn into the lot, but if you get to where the road flattens out and you can see a large grass meadow to the right, you’ve gone too far.

Click here to see the map of the Trail.

To get to Round Lake, keep walking until where the Big Meadow Trail hits the Meiss Meadow Trail. Turning up canyon (left) will put you on the path to Round Lake. As the trail climbs gently up the canyon, you will see wonderful volcanic cliffs composed of loose rock off to your left. After 1 mile or so, Round Lake will come into view.

 

 

The Rocky Bluffs above Round Lake
The Rocky Bluffs above Round Lake
A waterfall at Round Lake
A waterfall at Round Lake

 

This is a mutli-use trail which means you can come across hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Biking is allowed from the Big Meadow trailhead up to Round Lake, and to the intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail at Meiss Meadows. Besides hiking, horse riding and biking you can also do other activities like camping, fishing and swimming in the lake during the summer. If you are more of a winter’s adventurer you can go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter season.

 

 

 

A shot of the other side of Round Lake
A shot of the other side of Round Lake
A shot of the other side of Round Lake
A shot of the other side of Round Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was not surprised to see so much snow along the trail due to the huge amount of snow storms we had this winter. At one point a couple riding their horses had to shovel up some snow so they could cross over.

 

A horse on the trail from Round Lake and snow in summer!
A horse on the trail from Round Lake and snow in summer!
The snow takes much longer to melt at this elevation
The snow takes much longer to melt at this elevation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dogs are allowed on the trail as on most other U.S. forest trails. Just keep in mind that if you bring your fury friend along you must follow the guidelines. Keep your pet on 6ft. leash at all times, control excessive barking, pick up or bury canine waste and keep your dog close by when encountering other people. Remember to bring enough water for you and your pet.

 

My dog taking a dip in the refreshing waters
My dog taking a dip in the refreshing waters
Hiking with your dog is one of the best ways to spend a day.
Hiking with your dog is one of the best ways to spend a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses

  1. Clarice Meudt

    it was so much fun and the fishing was awesome.

  2. […] you will start to go down some switchbacks until you reach another split.  You can go left to Round Lake and Meiss Meadow.  For Dardanelles Lake, you go right and that’s just what Jill and I did.  Not […]

  3. […] some more information on the hike, visit this blog on RETahoe.com, Big Meadow Trailhead to Round Lake. Quick tip: go early as the trail tends to get pretty crowded.  Also, bring your fishing and […]

  4. […] some more information on the hike, visit this blog on RETahoe.com, Big Meadow Trailhead to Round Lake. Quick tip: go early as the trail tends to get pretty crowded.  Also, bring your fishing and […]

  5. Danielle Pritchett

    my husband and I, along with my dog and kid had a great hike to this lake this weekend. We found a great campimg spot and the water was refreshing for swimming!

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