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Hiking & Walking: California > Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Quick Facts

Big Meadows Trail to Scotts Lake

Beginning Elevation: 7,200 Feet (2244.4 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 800 Feet (249.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,000 Feet (2493.8 Meters)
Length: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers)

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General Description

This trail is located south of Lake Tahoe. Follow the Big Meadows Trail to the Scotts Lake trail junction approximately quarter-mile from the trailhead. Here the trail climbs upward at a gradual pace through limber pine, Jeffrey pine, and fir, high above Big Meadow. A great hike in the fall, the trail travels through a beautiful aspen grove which opens into a valley covered with juniper and sagebrush. A short distance further, the trail turns into an old jeep road, leading to Scotts Lake.

Directions from South Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 50 southwest to Highway 89. Go south on 89 to the Big Meadows parking lot on the left. Follow the trail at the lower end of the parking lot approximately 200 yards, where it intersects with the highway. Cross the highway cautiously and look for the trailhead signboard.

Seasonal Information:
Recommended Season: Fall through Spring .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Big Meadows Trail to Scotts Lake
ICON Plant Identification Jeffrey Pine, Fir, Juniper, Sagebrush
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Scotts Lake
ICON Viewing Scenery Lake Tahoe Basin
ICON Viewing Wildlife Lake Tahoe Basin

Related Activities
Big Meadows Trail to Dardanelles Lake - This trail, south of Lake Tahoe, is particularly scenic in the fall. Dardanelles Lake is surrounded by picturesque granite cliffs on one side and flat granite shelves on the other.

Big Meadows Trail to Round Lake - This trail, south of Lake Tahoe, leads past Big Meadow to Round Lake. The lake is a good spot for fishing or swimming.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 870 Emerald Bay Road, Suite 1 , South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150, Phone: 530-573-2674


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