"High Meadows is a picturesque series of clearings above the south shore of Lake Tahoe in the shadow of the first and third highest mountains in the basin, Freel Peak (10,881 feet) and Jobs Sister (10,823 feet). Before the relatively recent construction of the Tahoe Rim Trail, the road to High Meadows and beyond provided the sole access to one of the highest lakes in the basin, Star Lake (9100 feet). Unfortunately, that road crossed private property, making it technically off-limits to recreationists. Fortunately, the Giovachinni family of Carson Valley agreed to sell a 1790-acre tract of their land to the Forest Service through the American Land Conservancy in 2003, allowing legal access from the west to both High Meadows and Star Lake.
The road to High Meadows climbs, steeply at times, through mixed forests all the way to a series of broad clearings along the tumbling waters of Cold Creek. The verdant meadows provide a fine setting for a picnic lunch, particularly in midsummer when the grass is green and the wildflowers are blooming."