Cold Creek Trail to High Meadows

MODERATE 5 reviews
#23 of 70 trails in

Cold Creek Trail to High Meadows is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.

6.8 miles 1505 feet Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers

25 days ago

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7 months ago

great moutain bike ride and lot great views,some wild bears and coyotes on the trail but other than that a great View of the lake when you get to the top !

8 months ago

I actually started on the power line loop and did a part of this hike. The cold reek trail is more rugged and can be hard to follow in early spring when part of it is covered in snow. Power line is wider and is easier to stay on in some light snow. Also if you are a beginning mountain biker power line is easier. I can't comment on the meadow, it was covered in snow. If you are going to hike cold creek, have good hiking shoes and maybe some poles. The ground is uneven and hard on knees, feet, and ankles.

5 years ago

One of my favorites for early summer. A bit snowy this year when I made it to the meadow at the end of May, but I have heard it is beautiful now, with only a couple of patches left. Unfortunately, the bridge across the river connecting the trail to the road when you reach the meadow is no longer there, so you cannot access the road to do the "loop" when you get to the top. If you want to actually see the meadow, it is best to take the dirt road. High Meadow is stunning if you get there after the snow melts. Beautiful Buttercups, Shooting Stars, and a myriad of other flowers. If you are lucky, you might see a frog or two! The mountains surrounding the meadow are spectacular. Oh... the creek is beautiful, too... waterfalls along the way.