Big Meadow

South Lake Tahoe, California 96150

Big Meadow

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A quick climb along a churning creek leads to the seductive expanse of Big Meadow, alive with wildflowers that change color with the seasons. The waterway becomes a meander among the grasses, where you are likely to find yourself alone with its chatter and the wind rustling the pines.

Mountain meadows witness the passage of the seasons in magical ways. In springtime and early summer, wildflowers erupt in pockets of red, purple, pink, orange, blue, white, and yellow, and the grasses vibrate with butterflies and bees harvesting nectar. By late summer and autumn, the flowers have faded, but the grasses have absorbed the warm hues of the summer sun, glistening gold and rattling in the breezes. Even in winter, blanketed in thick snow, a mountain meadow is meditative and impressive."

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Trail Information

South Lake Tahoe
Nearby City
320 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1 hour
Late spring, summer, fall
US Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Dr, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150; (530) 543-2600; Tahoe Rim Trail Association, 128 Market St., Suite 3E/PO Box 3267, Stateline, NV 89449; (775) 298- 4485;
Local Contacts
USGS Freel Peak and Echo Lake CA; National Geographic 803 Lake Tahoe Basin Trail Map; Tahoe Rim Trail map available at the trailhead
Local Maps

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Dec 2018