High Meadow to Cold Creek Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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High Meadow to Cold Creek Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1397 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
2 months ago

Long slog up the hill to start and beautiful trail down. Ticked all the boxes for a great hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, although I would probably take the same trail, the one on the right as you leave the trailhead parking area, back down, as it mirrors the creek. The trail on the right that completes the loop once you get to high meadow, is basically a Forrest Service road that only occasionally brings you into proximity of the creek. I was really amazed at the amount of water flowing down the creek this late in the year.

hiking
5 months ago

I can't say a WHOLE lot about the trail, because my hike was cut short due to a run-in with a bear! My first encounter with a bear in the wild (outside of being at a very safe distance in Yellowstone). So, THAT was exciting! But about the trail, I will say this: High Meadows is a fire road trail, which isn't very exciting, so that's why I took the side dirt trail not far up from the trailhead. This side trail doesn't have a name on any map I can find but there was a marker at the fork. And about 3 minutes on that trail is when I spotted Yogi bear (I uploaded a photo here).

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, I would stay to the right on way up it's steep but more of a back road. The east or left side is a twisting single track that would be fun on a bike. At the top is a beautiful meadow and creek!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, but beware the first half is a relentless uphill climb with no relief until you get to the high meadow with occasional distant views of the lake and snow capped mountains. There were several creek crossings as well. The trail down was along side the creek which was more of a raging river today, really beautiful, and more shaded from the sun. Consider up and back on the creek side rather than the loop.

hiking
6 months ago

The creek crossing at the very top cannot be crossed without getting feet wet. The trail is steady uphill on an old dirt road. The payoff is the high meadow at the end. So beautiful with winding streams and mountain backdrops. Be aware that we saw a couple bears approaching the stream just as we were hiking away.

hiking
Friday, October 30, 2015

Amazing!

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