Fleming Meadow Loop is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Grizzly Flats, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 705 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wildlife

From Highway 50 in Pollock Pines follow the Sly Park Road south for approximately 4.5 miles to Jenkinson Lake. Turn left just past the lake on Mormon Immigrant Trail (Forest Route #5). About 1 mile past the second dam turn right onto Blue Gouge Mine Road and follow it mile to the trailhead.

hiking
5 days ago

My husband and I hiked here with our two dogs on May 31st. The weather was great, cool and almost all of the trail is shaded. It was great for our dogs because the ground is mostly dirt and long pine needles (probably not what they’re called). But not rocky like some other areas on the way to Tahoe/in Tahoe that are bad for dog feet. We saw a few other hikers and a few mountain bikers. Everyone was polite. The directions link for Google Maps worked perfectly to get us to the trailhead. However, following the map provided at the trailhead for hiking was more challenging. On our first attempt, we started down the route right past the trail map and somehow looped right back to the parking lot, yielding a 2 mile walk. We then decided to walk down the trail at the end of the parking lot. Do not recommend. It was all flooded and there was a ton of housing debris and shotgun shells. So we felt creeped out and turned back to try the trails beyond the sign again. This time we followed the “8” signs and it was going pretty well until about 4 miles in, when we ended up on a semi-paved road. We were pretty tired at this point because the trail was consistently uphill. We followed the paved road for awhile and then I decided to look at Google Maps. Thankfully I had cell service, and it brought us back to the parking lot along a different road (had to turn back), walking for about a mile and a half. All in all, it was a nice day. Great weather, pretty scenery, lots of shade. But probably won’t do this again unless we use trail guidance assistance. (Just didn’t seem like it would be that hard! Lol.)

hiking
6 days ago

We actually hike close to 8 miles, following the signs for Trail 8.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice shaded forest trail. Hiked this three weeks ago to try and find a more secluded spot. Only saw a few hikers and more mountain bikers. Wildflowers were blooming.

hiking
13 days ago

This was a great trail to stretch the legs. Not a far drive from Sacramento which was nice. Nothing super magical but nice to have some forest views and easily marked trail signs to follow. There were some mountain bikers but all were respectful and most trails were easy to share.

hiking
13 days ago

This is a lovely tranquil hike with well marked trails. Started just before 9am and there were still several parking spots but by the time I left the parking lot was full.

hiking
29 days ago

Lovely trail for early May. As other have posted, has a number of branching sub-segments, so can lengthen or shorten your hike as time dictates. The 8A sub-segment (a 0.8 mile out-and-back leg off the main loop) brings you down to the edge of the river on small rocky beach; it's a beautiful place to each lunch other than it being very close to the beginning or end of your hike. No gobsmacking views or thundering falls, just some beautiful, tranquil forest.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really nice trail and there are actually a lot of different ways to cut this hike down if you think it’s too long. When I tracked this on my Fitbit, it said it was closer to 5.8 miles but I’m not sure how accurate it is. It took us just under 2 hours.

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bugs
1 month ago

Nice beautiful green trail, fairly easy...slightly up hill in the beginning. Wear bug spray, lots of mosquitoes and bugs around, go early gets super hot and humid.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. not too steep. Good trail conditions. Mostly in the shade. No real great views.

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bugs
1 month ago

Great shaded trail. A lot of bikers but not too much traffic. Lots of trails to explore. Would rate it easy not too much elevation

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail. Would be really good for a beginner mountain biker as well. There are lots of shady areas. Apart from a few uphill portions, I would consider this an easy hike. There are lots of different trails nearby so this is a good area to explore for the day.

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icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

snowshoeing
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Fun snowshoe trip. The road was somewhat snowy going up but it was a nice day.

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice hike. Well maintained trail and pretty well marked. Stay on trail 8 and when in doubt go to the right. Very shaded, with mostly gradual elevation changes so pretty easy. We will definitely hike again.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice loop trail through the forest - douglas fir and ponderosa pine. No real overlooks or views right from the trail but very peaceful and quiet. About half fire road and half trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Nicely groomed trail, sections of road. Mountain bike rideable with average skills. 3 out of 5 for hiking - no vistas. Bring a gnat hood for warm days.

recorded Fleming Meadow Loop

mountain biking
7 months ago

Great trail. If you go counter-clockwise, you’ll get a little descent before the climb to the top. Good climb, it will test your cardio. After that, some good fast single track and then a dirt road with some jumps at speed. Then back to single track. If there are horse trailers at the trailhead, watch for horses in the trail and watch the blind corners (not many). Beautiful trail!

recorded Recording - Sep 23, 03:38 pm

hiking
8 months ago

Did a shorter loop due to time, very pleasant walking with tons of shade.

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty easy trail, but very quiet and nice. I went with my dog on a Tuesday, around 3pm. The trail was fairly well labeled, just follow the trail signs labeled 8. I only got a bit confused twice, mostly near the end, but still had no trouble making it back to the parking spot. There are mountain bikers, all of which were very nice and respectful. I did not see any horses, but there was evidence of horseback riders that had been through that morning, and likely the day before as well. Very beautiful. There weren’t a lot of bugs, but my dog was a bit irritated by small flies for a good 20 minutes, so maybe bring a non toxic bug spray or essential oils. Not many spots to stop and relax, but it’s fairly short so that not a big deal. Near the beginning, there’s a small clearing with a fallen tree that was a nice spot to stop and meditate (lots of beautiful birds), and near the end off of the gravel road, there’s a very cool flat boulder! Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Easy hike, but tiring nonetheless.

hiking
11 months ago

Pros: -engaging trail -lots of shade -great diversity of fauna -quiet and serene -parking available at trailhead -easily marked trail with #8 (except for a few spots noted below) -can make longer if so desire Cons: -some mountain bikers but all very respectful and nice -no views to see -no areas to sit and relax Tips/Info: -start trail in either direction. Use southern trail to go clockwise (on left walking from parking lot) -may end up looping back to where you started if going clockwise. Retrace steps and look for a discreet trail marker not too far back on the right -***if going clockwise the trail will continue across the Ferrari Miller Road with a marker. ONLY CONTINUE if you want to add another 2-3 miles to your trip as this is not the trail marked above. If you would like to stick to the above trail, turn right and follow the Ferrari Miller Road -if decide to do the whole trail it is still quite enjoyable and I finished it in about 2.5 hours (5'11", 180 lbs, 6-10 hikes per year)

hiking
11 months ago

Good morning jaunt. Nice mix of up and down. Very pretty this time of year.

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

It was beautiful but it was hard to stay on the trail because there are many others;You can easily get lost if you aren’t always looking at your phone and we’re you’re going. Bring lots of mosquito spray!!

hiking
Sat May 11 2019

Pretty landscape, but I don't think we ever found the appropriate trail. There are many connectors and loops, so it's unclear whether you're on the right path or not. Still, nice to wander in the woods with the dog.

hiking
bugs
rocky
Sat Apr 27 2019

Lots of ups and downs, but easy if you’re going in the morning. Some of the trails are rougher and not as smooth.

hiking
Sun Apr 07 2019

A very nice trail, but a word of caution: the map at the parking area, and the trail signs themselves show the trail with a number 8. However, be aware that if you hike the trail clockwise and reach the Ferrari Mill Road, if you're not looking at your AllTrails map, you will see the #8 signs continuing the trail beyond the road. But for this 5-mile AllTrails loop, you will need to turn right onto the Ferrari Mill Road and follow that almost to Mormon Emigrant Trail before picking up the actual #8 trail again to return you to the parking area. If you cross the Ferrari Mill Road and continue on the #8 trail, you will eventually return to the red AllTrails line, but you will have added a couple of miles and some fair elevation gain to what you thought was going to be a relatively easy 5-miler.

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blowdown
snow
Sun Mar 17 2019

Nice trail if you’re looking for a walk in nature; views are of forest/trees not vistas. Lots of trees down on the path, but trail is still usable. Mountain bikers and other hikers, but not crowded on a late morning Sunday hike.

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