Big Meadow Trailhead to Big Meadow - South Shore
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
Local Phone: (775) 298-4485
Big Meadow Trailhead to Big Meadow is 1.4 miles round trip and rated easy.
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).
Help us keep this trail beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules as they may have changed
• If in off-leash area, keep your dog under voice command
• Respect and protect wildlife and habitats
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints