Ward Canyon to Paige Meadows – West Shore

Ward Canyon to Paige Meadows – West Shore

Ward Canyon to Paige Meadows is rated easy and is 1.4 miles round trip.

Location: 
Ward Creek Boulevard Trailhead. This trailhead can be found off Highway 89, 2.5 miles south of Tahoe City. Turn (right if coming from the north and left if coming from the south) onto Ward Creek Boulevard. Go 2.5 miles till you see a small TRT kiosk.

This dog-friendly section of the Tahoe Rim Trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

The trail heads east for 0.2 miles, then joins a northwest climbing dirt road. For the next 0.5 miles, you will follow this road steeply uphill through a thick forest of white fir and Jeffrey pine.

Near the top of the hill there is a break in the trees, allowing for views of Ward Canyon, Ward Peak, and the Sherwood Chairlift of Alpine Meadows.

At the next dirt road be sure to turn left and stay on the TRT. Paige Meadows is actually a series of five interconnected meadows, which provide spring wildflowers, colorful drifts of aspen leaves in the fall, and great mountain views all year long.

Make sure to remain on the trail as meadows are very fragile ecosystems! After enjoying your meadow experience, turn around and return to your car.

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