Meeks Bay Trail to Lake Genevieve and Crag Lake

MODERATE 34 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
5 days 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
5 days ago

backpacking
8 days ago

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

backpacking
14 days 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
17 days ago

backpacking
25 days ago

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.

26 days ago

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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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 :)

trail running
1 month ago

1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
8 months ago

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
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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
11 months ago

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!!!