Meeks Bay Trail to Lake Genevieve and Crag Lake

MODERATE 72 reviews

Meeks Bay Trail to Lake Genevieve and Crag Lake is a 9.8 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
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,243 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.

backpacking
14 days ago

The hike itself is moderate and the trails are well kept. There was a bit more traffic than expected but the scenery is as advertised, beautiful. What did disappoint was the fishing at the lakes, specifically Stoney Ridge Lake. We saw a few decent fish cruising the shoreline early and late in the day, but we only caught a single fish. It was a very nice 23” German Brown on a fly rod but we threw everything at this lake, spinning rods with flys, spinners, we caught minnows and used those as bait (0 caught) and even power bait and worms. Very disappointing considering we had our 8-yr old sons with us on their 1st backpacking trip ever. Fishing was much better at the smaller lakes with Rubicon Lake being loaded with Brookies (8-12”). Overall, if you don’t mind seeing other hikers and if fishing is not your thing, this is a good hike. 4/5 stars for worse than expected fishing

19 days ago

Absolutely wonderful mix of sun and shade and smells of pine with a swim in stony ridge lake to top it off. Mellow up and down. A new favorite.

1 month ago

this is not a trail for every one

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a great first trip of the year!! We hiked all the way to Hidden Lake, more peeps at lower lakes. The wind was crazy a couple nites, but it kept the relentless mosquitoes away. As we hiked out on the 6th we passed at least 30+ peeps hiking up. We did pass several dogs OFF leash and a couple on leash. Great family hike, backpacking trip

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked 5 miles round trip and loved the wild flowers and wild life (coyotes, butterflies, dragonflies). We were going to complete the loop but had to turn around 2.5 miles in because of a large body of water that we couldn’t cross due to inadequate footwear and the prevalence of mosquitoes. Gorgeous seasonal creeks, scattered run- down dwellings made this hike a pleasure to hike with our 4 year old. Plenty of shades and majestic redwoods.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. A little manageable snowpack low down. We were heading for the lakes and hit soft snowpack about .75 miles before the lake. Post-holing up to the knees. Had to turn around because it was too much work. Take snowshoes or wait another couple weeks if you want to reach the lakes!

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful backpacking shuttle trip starting in Meeks Bay and continued from Crag Lake to the Velma Lakes and out the Bayview Trail to Emerald Bay.

8 months ago

Great hike!

10 months 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.

11 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
11 months ago

hiking
11 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
11 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.

backpacking
Monday, August 07, 2017

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
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Beautiful!

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

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

backpacking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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

backpacking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

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!

backpacking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Backpacked in on 6/22/17 and stayed at Crag Lake. Trailhead was packed in the afternoon so we had to wait for someone to get done. Trailhead only fits about 8ish cars which is kind of nice because you won't have to deal with a crowded trail.

Parts of the beginning of the road to the trail was muddy so we had to walk around but there was a pretty clear off road path to follow.

Since it was still a bit wet it was difficult to find a good spot to camp. There was still a lot of snow about midway through Crag Lake. We didn't have a mosquito problem at the lakes but found a couple on us during the hike.

The river crossing was easy and the lakes were beautiful. I definitely recommend staying overnight if you can.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fantastic hike to Crag Lake and back. Lot of mosquitoes on the way down in the evening but we also saw a large black bear just off the trail.

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

So gorgeous! I've never hiked this trail after such a wet winter but it adds a whole new character to it. Quite wet the first few miles but don't let that keep you away - there's a whole series of winding trails thru the forest to avoid the mucky. A little buggy but not too bad. Lots of snow before the lakes - 4 or 5 miles in - doable and pretty fun with hiking boots on. The streams are flowing like mad but still crossable, and the lake with ice is worth making it too. Highly recommend :)

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Awesome! little mosquitoes for it was cooler and breezee today. Our dog was escorted over the creek on the tree trunks! 2.45 hrs up and 1.15 min to return.

backpacking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Backpacked from Meeks bay to Crag Lake. Lots of snow this time. Lots of Mosquitoes from the beginning to the Permit area (Cover up). Very little parking. Lesser known trail. Cold at night. Warm during day. Windy at night. Overall, it was fun leading 12 people through it.
Moderate in difficulty

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Very wet and mosquito heavy right now. I'd wait a coup0le of weeks to let it dry out.

hiking
Friday, November 11, 2016

My girlfriend and I hiked this in November. Moderate temp (50*s) and bright blue sky. Took us 2 hours up and about 1.5 hours down from Crag Lake. Beautiful scenery with a mixture of terrain. The trail begins with a nice flat trail and then it is a moderate climb for 3 or so miles up towards the two lakes. Don't forget your Day Pass which can be filled out and dropped in the box right at the trailhead.

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I got to Stoney Ridge Lake on this trails which is about 12 miles round trip. From the trailhead to Lake Genevieve is about 4.3 miles. Another .3 miles and you are at beautiful Crag Lake. On the way to Stoney Ridge Lake you can see Hidden lake to the right and grassy Shadow lake on the left. Trail goes along the creek and in early spring it should be flowing nicely. The trail itself would be the best to visit mid summer since it's very shady. It's an easy hike. Really nice trail for trail running, beginner mountain bikers. On the other hand fall hiking means no crowds. I only met 2 people in 4 hours hike.

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hiked this over Columbus Day weekend. Nice balance of flat and easy with uphill and rocky. Good mix of scenery, sun and shade, and the gurgling creek was a nice touch. It took us about 2.5+ hrs to the lake - lots of photo op stops. It can be done in a lot less. We were a mix of athletic, moderately so and not so and all found it quite enjoyable.

hiking
Friday, October 07, 2016

Hiked to Lake Genevieve today with a friend and our dogs. We only saw 6 other people on the trail total. This is a lovely hike, mostly uphill to the lake, but a gentle grade. Since the weather was cool today, we didn't get to swim in the lake, but I'm coming back next summer for a dip.

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016

Trail run today from Rubicon Bay to Lake Genevieve. Total trip is about 13 miles. Trail was a fun single track with about 1300 feet of climb. The lakes were amazing!!!

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Great trail, lots of windflowers!

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