Explore the most popular wild flowers trails near Tahoma with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Don’t miss seeing lower Velma on your way through

Loved this trail and would be an excellent place to backpack and set up camp! Beautiful views... experienced all this area has to offer weather wise. It rained, snowed, hailed and then it was like it never happened! Incline is pretty hefty first part of the trail. Coming down got to experience the sound of Bear. Never saw it though. Started at sunrise at finished at noon which was perfect because it was very busy then.

Don't forget the falls aren't there in September. Still awesome though, was able to cross the "falls" and go way further and higher.

This trail was really scenic and a joy to walk. The only downfall is that the trail just ends. You need to be careful and walk through the big boulders and lead yourself to the cascades by the noise of the water.

Only saw one other person hiking in on this gorgeous September Sunday morning--very light traffic, especially compared to the much busier Five Lakes Trail at Alpine Meadows yesterday. Meeks Bay Trail is uphill and flat, uphill and flat. Five miles later you are sitting at a gorgeous alpine lake that we pretty much had all to ourselves. Lush, fern-lined paths interspersed with rocky steps made for maybe my new favorite hike! Ten miles round trip from where you park.

Great short hike to beautiful views of cascade lake with lake tahoe in the background. I disagree with this hike taking 20 minutes.. we didnt bring water because we read that review =( About an hour to enjoy the stream / falls out & back. highly recommended.

Beautiful views nice short hike!

Beautiful and short. Could be done in 20 minutes one way. Great view of the Cascade lake with a waterfall at the end

backpacking
16 days ago

My friend and I just completed the Tahoe Yosemite trail starting from Echo Lake and ending at Meeks Bay. We spent one night each at Aloha, Fontanillis and Stoney Ridge Lakes. Once we turned off the PCT at Phipps Pass, we pretty much had the trail to ourselves. The weather during our trip was sunny and warm with fair visibility – mostly due to the current fire conditions. We didn’t use a tent since the weather was good but the gusting winds (10 – 15 mph) definitely woke us up at night. Good part about the wind is that we didn’t have a bug problem. I highly recommend this trail if you want spectacular mountain and lake views and don’t want to deal with crowds.

This hike is just BEAUTIFUL! My husband and I did this hike about 2 years ago, and we had such fond memories we had to do it again. Our dog loved it too! The views are beautiful, it’s a little dusty, but SO worth it!

This trail is great for overnight backpacking. Permits required. It climbs at a steady pace. Some parts are strenuous, for me at least. It was the boulder steps that got me huffing and puffing. I have little legs. I’m not all that athletic, 5’1”, and hiked with a 20lb pack. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous!! Lime green moss cover the trees, as well as lime green berry leaves cover the ground. Several running water sitings. Wild flowers. And of course, the lakes are stunning and peaceful! Great for swimming, if you can stand the chilly water. It feels great after a tough hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike! Incredible views of both Cascade lake and Lake Tahoe. Hike was moderate with a lot of steps on and over boulders! I would definitely do it again!

Easy hike, great views, lots of waterfalls, double lake view and peaceful. Lots of mosquitoes, bring spray!!!!

walked from meeks to fontainillis! the beginning from meeks to stony ridge is a bit on the boring side, however from stony ridge to fontainillis is beatiful! and challenging ;-)
from there we exited through Dicks lake and eagle falls, which was a lot more crowded!

hiking
24 days ago

As a 66 yr old in decent shape, I found this trail to be more moderate than easy. It’s short and well worth it, however. I was also with my 8 mo old dachshund who needed assistance over some of the more difficult terrain. Very, very beautiful!

Always a pleasure - go yearly. Two days ago heard osprey mates whistling to each other.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful easy, short hike. Great vistas of Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe at multiple points.

If you are going on the weekend, get there early. Trail starts getting very busy around 9:30-10:00 am.

Great easy hike and not busy. Parking is limited at the trailhead, but is accessible if you're staying at the campgrounds.

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty hike with a nice scenery all the way. Also good hike for beginners that want to take a slightly more complicated path as its not very even but still easy and not too long.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views, waterfall reward. Nice to get the boots off to cool down your feet at the falls. Well marked trail. Worth the effort.

Outstanding hike. Moderate at times but overall a very doable hike. Multiple shady spots to relax and take a break on the longer uphills. Suggest hiking up the falls a bit as there are a lot of places to relax in the cool water and shade of trees but also going down to the edge of the falls for the great photo opportunity. Trail head on the return is poorly marked but it's not too difficult to find your way.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! First gain is a challenge but the view at the top is well worth it. Stopped there for lunch then ventured on toward the Dick’s Lake and Fontanillis Lake round about and up to middle Velma. Set up camp and ate dinner at dusk. Photographs because my credit card background. Mosquitoes were a nightmare (4th of July weekend) and the trails were a bit more congested on the descent with lots of day hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful hike! The day was perfect with blue skies and could see for miles. The view of Cascade Lake was breathtaking. The falls were still a great site to see despite from what we read that the water fall is much greater during the spring/early summer. Bring water and a snack/lunch to enjoy around the falls.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful, but there's a 600+ lb California Brown bear that's way to comfortable with people and knows how to bring down a properly hung bear bag.

very nice trail.....if this fatboy Texan can do it......so can you !

backpacking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views of Cascade Lake and nice stone steps.

Great little trail for the whole family. During the summer months the parking can be quite scary, most of this is due to Emerald Bay overlook on the other side of the freeway. Saw a handful of parents with kids in backpacks.

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