Lower Tahoe Meadows Nature Trail Loops

New Washoe City, Nevada

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Recently, the Forest Service wisely added this loop to the area’s trail network, as scores of people would traipse across the fragile meadows during the summer to enjoy the colorful wildflowers, causing a significant amount of environmental damage to this sensitive meadowland. By building a lengthy stretch of boardwalk, the Forest Service ensured that visitors can still enjoy the beautiful flowers along Ophir Creek without harming the ecosystem. The first half of the 3.3-mile loop closely follows Ophir Creek through the meadows, while the second half moves into the forest and follows the Ophir Creek Trail and a short section of the Tahoe Rim Trail back to the trailhead. In addition to the trip described below, 1-mile and 2-mile loops provide options for walkers desiring shorter trips.
Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

by Mike White (Wilderness Press)

Recently, the Forest Service wisely added this loop to the area’s trail network, as scores of people would traipse across the fragile meadows during the summer to enjoy the colorful wildflowers, causing a significant amount of environmental damage to this sensitive meadowland. By building a lengthy stretch of boardwalk, the Forest Service ensured that visitors can still enjoy the beautiful flowers along Ophir Creek without harming the ecosystem.

The first half of the 3.3-mile loop closely follows Ophir Creek through the meadows, while the second half moves into the forest and follows the Ophir Creek Trail and a short section of the Tahoe Rim Trail back to the trailhead. In addition to the trip described below, 1-mile and 2-mile loops provide options for walkers desiring shorter trips.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New Washoe City
Distance: 3.3
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Best Mid-June to mid-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest at 775-882-2766, www.fs.usda.gov/htnf
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Mount Rose (trail not shown), HTNF Mount Rose Wilderness (trail not shown)
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Tahoe Meadows Nature Trail Loops

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