Dog-friendly Big Meadow trailhead to Big Meadow

Big Meadow Trailhead to Big Meadow - South Shore

South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
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Big Meadow Trailhead to Big Meadow is 1.4 miles round trip and rated easy.

Location: 
The Big Meadow trailhead is on the north side of Highway 89 approximately five miles south of US 50.

This part of the trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Mountain bikers should note that the TRT joins the Pacific Crest Trail in 4.9 miles and bikes are not allowed on the PCT.

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.

The trail climbs somewhat steeply to the south over rocky terrain, through a thick forest of Jeffrey pine, western white pine, and fir.

After 0.2 miles, you will pass to the left of Big Meadow Creek, a large stream dotted with huge granite boulders and lined with aspen trees.

After another 0.1 miles, the trail flattens and arrives at a junction. Be sure to continue straight ahead on the TRT.

Soon you will reach Big Meadow, with great views of the surrounding mountains and many enjoyable lunch spots (please stay on the trail).

You coming? Photo Credit: @corgeouss
You coming? Photo Credit: @corgeouss
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