Big Meadow to Carson Pass

Hope Valley, California

Big Meadow to Carson Pass Professional Review and Guide

"With arrangements for a shuttle, a 10.5-mile trip travels through the heart of the proposed 31,100-acre Meiss Meadow Wilderness. Following sections of the Tahoe Rim and Pacific Crest trails, recreationists can travel from Highway 89 to Highway 88, visiting Big Meadows, Round Lake, and Meiss Meadows along the way.

An optional 1.3-mile side trip to scenic Dardanelles Lake provides a fine diversion. Peak baggers with extra time and energy could accept the challenge of climbing Red Lake Peak from a saddle, 1.2 miles northwest of the Meiss Meadow Trailhead. The peak is known for a bit of history, as John C. Fremont and Charles Pruess reached the summit on Valentine’s Day in 1844 and made the first sighting of Lake Tahoe by Europeans."

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Trail Information

Hope Valley
Nearby City
2,075 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 to 6 hours
Best mid-July to mid-October
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 530-543-2600,
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Freel Peak, Echo Lake, Caples Lake, Carson Pass
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018