Star Lake Trail

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California

Elevation Gain1,544ft
Trailhead Elevation7,847ft
Elevation Min/Max7847/9123ft
Elevation Start/End7847/7847ft

Star Lake Trail

Star Lake Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 7,847 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,544 feet. This trail connects with the following: Tahoe Rim Trail and High Meadow.

Star Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"There used to be only one way to scenic Star Lake, and that route was over private land. Since the construction of the Tahoe Rim Trail and purchase of the property around High Meadows, the lake can now be accessed by a variety of routes. Using road and trail segments, this trip follows the shortest route to the lake, which has become a bonanza for hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, and equestrians."

"This section of the Tahoe Rim Trail passes through some of the most scenic and wild country available to mountain bikers in California—and it’s also one of the least traveled.

If you feel left out because you’re not allowed to ride your bike in wilderness areas or national parks, then this is the trail for you. Highlights: Views of Carson Valley, a pristine subalpine lake, a well-built trail, a wonderful wilderness feeling. No motorized vehicles are allowed on this trail."

Star Lake Trail Reviews

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Beware - it's not 4.1 miles each way, it's 6 3/4, because you can't drive up the first 2 2/3 miles, which are 1200 vertical feet up High Meadow Trail, a gravel road. From there you turn right and continue 1/2 mile, again down a jeep trail. I guess that's where they are counting 4.1. After 1/2 mile on the jeep trail you start the actual trail, which is another 3 3/4 miles, 1200' gain up to the lake. All that considered, the lake is beautiful and worth the unpleasantness of all that road hiking.
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Didn't really like the start of the trail which is not a fairly steep dirt road. Really didn't feel like a trail until your about 1/3 of the way there and then it turns into an actual 'Trail'. Once we were on the Trail it was very nice and scenic. The lake itself was beautiful and well worth the hike.

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Trail Information

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Nearby City
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
National Forest, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Local Contacts
USGS South Lake Tahoe (trail not shown); Eldorado National Forest Service Map
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018