Hike from Big Meadow to Round Lake

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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. 

Distance

6.1 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1184 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

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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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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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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