Antone Meadows Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tahoe City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
cross country skiing
Burton Creek State Park has been described as Lake Tahoe's secret state park. Burton Creek is a spectacular watershed of over 2000 acres tucked away in the hills overlooking Tahoe's North Shore just outside Tahoe City. Set aside so that the lands may heal from over a century of logging and dairy farming it is a place of recovering forest and meadowlands, its located down the highway from the lakeshore campgrounds at Tahoe State Recreation Area and potentially tricky to find. Note: the Tahoe SRA campground entry kiosk is a good place to ask questions about Burton Creek. Burton Creek is ideally situated to be an easily accessed playground for trail users in all seasons! It's minimally developed and the trails are ideal for hikers, cross country skiers, mountain bikers, jogging... This hike covers the core of the park up Burton Creek and around the park's meadow areas; the Burton Creek Natural Preserve and Antone Meadows Natural Preserve, both protected for the local fauna and flora as well as to help preserve a clean watershed into Lake Tahoe. Much of the 6 plus miles of trail looks to be town water tank service road and other old logging tracks, in fact, an isolated portion of the park has recently been culled as active forest thinning for fire protection and forest health by state parks and fire agencies. The majority however, aid in accessing the deeper portions of the park. In the winter, Tahoe Nordic Center grooms the trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Also keep in mind, there's a few roads not on the Park Map. There's not much trail signage in the park so if you get turned around, there are numbered posts along the main routes at road junctions to aid in navigation within the tangle of roads; a huge help if you've downloaded the park map (or picked on up at the Lake Tahoe SRA Campground). Also, for further exploration, a section of the new Tahoe Rim Trail leads through the western part of Burton Creek as does another popular route, the Fiberboard Freeway.
I expected more views but it's mostly Forrest view. There was one short part of the trail where you could view the lake through the trees. It was petty shady and that was nice. I did stop short of the top so don't know what the view may have been from there. It was pleasant. The only animal I sighted was two chipmunks! Glad I didn't see bears!
Great route for a relatively flat trail run
very well marked, map everywhere .
My kids and I had a nice time walking this trail. There were a few slight inclines, but nothing to difficult. There are trail maps along the way, so even though we didn't follow the route exactly we didn't get lost. At time we did see partial views of the lake & the forest is beautiful.
Super fun on a bike! Lots of quick and fast single track throughout the area. Pick and chose. Not technical or too hilly. Great way to get warmed up for harder trails. Maps and trail signs everywhere. Hard to get lost. I will be riding again soon.
Great trail. Constant uphill from town to trailhead (3miles), which was a pretty tedious cardio (for me at least) but once we were up on the dirt trails we had a blast! Tons of connector options that all lead into each other. Went up to the scenic overlook for great views. Well-marked along the trails, well maintained.
turn in just west of seeing the Tamarack lodge sign, and go back past the Tahoe Landscaping to find parking. We followed by the download, which means going up to the right as you face the hill. A shorter walk might start by going up the left side. Most of the elevation gain (total is 6300 start to 7000 top) happens in the first 10 minutes (and likewise at the end if you follow the 17 point download guide.
We enjoyed having the guide, and as this was our first EveryTrail guide ever, didn't realize the wealth of information and description in it. We took our own Garmin GPS along to WayMark each intersection...but the EveryTrail iPhone marking/tracing was fine...there was at least a minimum of AT&T 3G/E coverage on this trail.
The 'pond' by the dam (point 12?) is not that charming, but there are nicer meadow views and rocks to have a picnic further along the trail. THANK YOU for putting together the guide. Hope this stays a quiet park for a long time. We did pass a fair number of mountain bikers and a few other hiker/walkers...but in general, we had it mostly to ourselves.