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    287 m
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    9.8 km
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    Big Meadow to Scott’s Lake Hike


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    Immerse yourself in the alpine terrain along the Big Meadow to Scott’s Lake Hike. This hike boasts wonderful scenery while providing a good workout. Let the stunning views of the High Sierra motivate you to persist along this wonderful trek.

    Route Description for Big Meadow to Scott’s Lake Hike

    The Big Meadow to Scott’s Lake Trail is a wonderful hike near South Lake Tahoe. Reconnect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of the real world along this trek. Be sure to wear layers and a comfy pair of footwear as the terrain is rocky in areas—known to cause the odd rolled ankle. Additionally, much of the path is exposed, so check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly!

    Embark on your adventure along the Big Meadow to Scott’s Lake Hike from the trailhead off Old Luther Pass Highway. From here, hikers will have to cross over the Luther Pass Road before hooking onto the Tahoe Rim Trail. The Tahoe Rim Trail will hike along the curves of Big Meadow Creek and into Big Meadow. From here, the path will wander through the Sierra Nevada Mountains before reaching Scott’s Lake.

    Admire the beauty of the shimmering alpine lake and the cliffs of Waterhouse Peak that bound the waters. Retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead when you are ready.

    Getting to the Big Meadow to Scott’s Lake Hike Trailhead

    The Big Meadow to Scott’s Lake Hike departs from the Tahoe Rim Trailhead off Old Luther Pass Highway.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Backcountry Camping

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    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

    Big Meadow to Scott’s Lake Hike Elevation Graph

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