Hike from Big Meadow to Round Lake

Details

Distance

6.1 miles

Elevation Gain

1184 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

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The Big Meadow to Round Lake trail is a 6.1 mile hike in El Dorado National Forest, near South Lake Tahoe. Round Lake is absolutly gorgeous, and is a great day hike or beginner backpacking trip.

The Big Meadow to Round Lake Trail is accessible year-round as it can be snowshoed in the winter. The trail is surrounded by dense wilderness, and the silence from the forests is a beautiful sound. Dogs are allowed on this trail! This is also a great location for fishing or trail running. 

In the spring, the buttercups and asters are in full bloom. Keep your eyes peeled for nesting bald eagles at Round Lake. At the far end of the lake, turn right and you will find a small cove with a cute island. 

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Fitness
Chillin
Camping
Fishing
Photography
Mountain Biking
Running
Snowshoeing
Backpacking
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Trailblazer

about 3 years ago

Primeval

I have done this hike from Carson Pass as well as Luther Pass through big Meadow. Coming in through Big Meadow is much more worth it due to the rock formations the closer you get to the lake.

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