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    High Meadow

    Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California
    Elevation Gain1,645ft
    Trailhead Elevation6,543ft
    Elevation Min/Max6543/7849ft
    Elevation Start/End6543/6543ft

    High Meadow

    High Meadow is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 6,543 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,645 feet. This trail connects with the following: Railroad Grade and Star Lake Trail.
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    El Dorado Hills, CA
    Pathfinder | 62 pts
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    Nice hike through forest and multiple creek crossing. This was essential to cool off.
    The meadows are a nice stop along the way to Star lake which we will try next time.

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    "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." Read more

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    Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
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    Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
    Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 530-543-2600,
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    USGS 7.5-minute South Lake Tahoe
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