Big Meadow to Kingsbury South

Meyers, California

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Flat becomes but a memory when you embark from Big Meadow. Gain about 1,500 feet in the first 5 miles. Then the trail turns north and begins to climb up to a high point of about 9,725 feet at the base of 10,881-foot Freel Peak, the highest peak in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Views along the way span from Round Top in the south to the Pyramid Peak and the Crystal Range in the west and Lake Tahoe to the north. Eastern vistas of the Carson Range pop in and out of view as you mostly descend to some degree or other all the way to Heavenly Valley.
Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada

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Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada

by Jordan Summers (Menasha Ridge Press)

Flat becomes but a memory when you embark from Big Meadow. Gain about 1,500 feet in the first 5 miles. Then the trail turns north and begins to climb up to a high point of about 9,725 feet at the base of 10,881-foot Freel Peak, the highest peak in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Views along the way span from Round Top in the south to the Pyramid Peak and the Crystal Range in the west and Lake Tahoe to the north. Eastern vistas of the Carson Range pop in and out of view as you mostly descend to some degree or other all the way to Heavenly Valley.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Meyers
Distance: 23.8
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 12 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 7,325 feet
Top Elevation: 9,725 feet
Local Contacts: Eldorado National Forest, Amador Ranger District, 209-295-4251, www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado; Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District, 775-882-2766, www.fs.usda.gov/htnf
Local Maps: Tahoe Rim Trail (Tom Harrison Maps)
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Meadow to Kingsbury South

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May 2018