Meeks Bay Trail to Lake Genevieve and Crag Lake

MODERATE 52 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.

1 month ago

Luckily, we had perfect weather--not a cloud in the sky and cool to start. Enjoyed the climb to the lakes where we stopped for lunch. Highly recommended.

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2 months 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

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3 months ago

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3 months 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
3 months ago

Beautiful!

backpacking
3 months ago

hiking
4 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.

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4 months ago

4 months ago