Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake

Hope Valley, California 96120

Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake

Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Dardanelles Lake is a scenic lake backdropped by impressive granodiorite cliffs that offers decent fishing and relatively warm water for swimming. Far enough off the thoroughfare of the Tahoe Rim Trail, hikers should be able to enjoy some relative seclusion at this lake.

The lakeshore is shaded by light forest and dotted with boulders and slabs, and the picturesque cliffs of the Dardanelles loom above the south shore."

Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake Reviews

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6/9/2018
Allow the full 4 hours!
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9/11/2011
This is a good trail for dogs. I couldn't believe how many cars were in the parking lot for the trail compared to the few people we actually saw. There are several different routes that lead from this one trail head. The trail itself is a medium grade up, probably a 6 or 7 for beauty along the way, but the lake was wonderful. Very few people. Beautiful granite backdrop. We got lucky with a thunderstorm on the way back. I would definitely do this as a backpack trip and stay at the lake a night.
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7/10/2010
Nice trail, dog loved it and for the most part had a great time. Trail is busy during the weekend and camping sites at the lake are limited. If planing over night trip best if done during the week when not so busy. Bring GOOD bug spray as they are quite mean late in the afternoon and in the morning.
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7/18/2009
Beautiful trail, a few too many bugs. We went to Dardenelles and then went back, took the other trail and went to Round lake. Easily accomplished a few hours. The flowers along the way were in mild bloom.
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Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake Photos

Trail Information

Hope Valley
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8
Distance
1,050 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 to 5 hours
Duration
Best mid-July to mid-October
Season
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 530-543-2600, www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Freel Peak and Echo Lake
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018