Star Lake Trail via High Meadows Trail

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South Lake Tahoe, California

Star Lake Trail via High Meadows Trail is a 13.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 13.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,746 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
8 months ago

HIKERS: do not use the jeep trail - use the cold creek trail instead (you can see it on the map). It adds an extra mile each way but it is worth it!

hiking
9 months ago

I did hike from Coldcreek,to High Meadows,then onto Star lake,three days to nights,and a nice hike up to Freels Peak

hiking
10 months ago

The trail starts out on a gravel fire road but after about 3 miles turns into a beautiful hiking trail that leads to a gorgeous mountain lake. I would rate it a bit more difficult than the app indicates.

hiking
10 months ago

Star Lake is beautiful in July. Worth the climb, which shouldn't be underestimated, particularly when you factor in the elevation. The Jeep trail is straight up and unkind for the first half of the hike. Once on the Star Lake Trail, the route pays much higher dividends. Several water opportunities along the way. Lots of mountain bikes and dogs.

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice, but challenging long day hike. We started from the lower parking lot and the AllTrails app recorded 15.2 miles round trip. The trail is easy to follow, but not a lot of signage once you are going- the app helped to confirm we were on track. Only small patches of snow as you get higher up. 2 stream crossings that we crossed on downed logs just below the trail. The 2 miles back down the steep Jeep trail near the end is hard in the legs. All in all a great hike - especially when Desolation Wilderness is still mostly blocked with deep snow.

hiking
11 months ago

Friends and I hiked this trail yesterday. I would rate it as strenous rather than moderate due to the very steep first two miles on the fireroad and the length. There were some small patches on snow on the upper half of the hike, but nothing one can't easily hike over. There were two challenging waterfall crossings due to high volumes of melting snow, but both had a large log downstream that can easily be walked over. Gorgeous views of Lake Tahoe, and Star Lake was very pretty as it was half frozen and the mountains behind it still had snow on them.

backpacking
Mon Jan 07 2019

The first part is a pretty monotonous road. Its steep which I found easier on the uphill. Coming down with a backpacking backpack was really annoying. But...the lake and the upper part of the trail are amazing and worth it. In the afternoon we went to Freel peak, not too much farther and a great time.

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