Meeks Bay Trail to Lake Genevieve and Crag Lake

MODERATE 49 reviews

Meeks Bay Trail to Lake Genevieve and Crag Lake is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tahoma, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1276 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Directions from South Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 89 to the Meeks Bay Resort. Parking is located across the highway from the resort at a small dirt parking lot.

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Lots of diversity on the trail. Elevation gains not steep. You must take the time to get to Crag Lake it is beautiful. Best hike of our Tahoe experience

trail running
19 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful hike. The trail starts with a nice mile of no elevation change for a warmup. Then its pretty much all uphill to the lakes. Its a good mix of exposed and covered. Also a good mixture of different types of areas. You have the dry rocky, the wet flowery, meadows, forest etc. Desolation is one of my favorite areas!

backpacking
27 days ago

Nice mellow weekend backpacking trip. Set up camp at Crag Lake up the ridge overlooking the lake. A little thunder in the distance and a few drops of rain, but otherwise the weather was perfect.

backpacking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a lovely first backpacking experience for my friends and me (August 5-6)! The hike to Crag Lake took us ~3 hours but the way back was more like 2 hours. A lot of the way there is uphill, but it was totally manageable, especially because it wasn't too hot on the day we were hiking there. Crag Lake is so beautiful and we pretty much had the place to ourselves! We found a beautiful spot to pitch our tent right on the lake. We enjoyed hiking a little further on the trail without our packs to come to Hidden Lake, which was also very serene. It wasn't quite hot enough that we wanted to swim in the lakes but if it was warmer we would've!

The parking lot at the trailhead is small, but there is plenty of street parking available!

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful!

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

A great workout with varied terrain and a mix of sun and shade. Swam in Lake Genevieve to cool off for the descent.

hiking
2 months ago

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backpacking
2 months ago

Awesome trail, lots of lakes and streams to cross along the way. Beautiful views. Definitely recommend!

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked this on July 1st weekend. Started around 9:20am and it took us about 3 and a half hours, with about 4-5 short breaks. Such a gorgeous hike! Rough going in because the incline is pretty intense, especially with 50 pound packs. Definitely wear bug spray because the first mile of the trail is pretty bad. This was our first backpacking trip and for people who are pretty athletic, it definitely tested our endurance. When we got our permits at Taylor's Creek Visitor center in South Lake, they told us the trail had lots of snow, but we saw maybe 2 patches of snow up to Crag Lake. Definitely take the hike to Stoney lake if you have time, it's about a mile to Stoney from Crag and definitely worth it. The hike back down was a lot easier. Plan on doing it again with a couple friends!

hiking
2 months ago