Scotts Lake Trail

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California

Elevation Gain601ft
Trailhead Elevation7,510ft
Elevation Min/Max7510/8029ft
Elevation Start/End7510/7510ft

Scotts Lake Trail

Scotts Lake Trail is a hiking and biking trail in El Dorado County and Alpine County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 7,510 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 601 feet. This trail connects with the following: Tahoe Rim Trail.

Scotts Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A scenic meadow, a large pristine lake, and a challenging mountain—this remote route features all three, in that order. The majestic mountains of Carson Pass are viewed from Big Meadow, Scotts Lake, and Waterhouse Peak, all from a variety of unique and inviting vantage points (bring a lot of film). If time, energy, and/or experience are in short supply, skip Waterhouse Peak. Its climb is relentless and particularly steep toward the top. Call ahead of time for potential avalanche danger, and choose a clear and windless day if you’re aiming to claim the peak. The trek in the meadow to the lake is also suitable for cross-country skiers."

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Trail Information

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Nearby City
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Local Contacts
USGS Freel Peak, USGS Echo Lake
Local Maps

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Aug 2018