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    Cold Creek Trail to High Meadows

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    12.7 km
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    427 m
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    The Cold Creek Trail to High Meadows is an epic hike that lives up to its name, featuring a cold creek and high meadows. Explore California’s high country and revel in the impressive scenery of the High Sierra along this route.

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    Route Description for Cold Creek Trail to High Meadows

    We love the Cold Creek Trail to High Meadows Hike, and we know you will too. Wander through lush meadowlands, mixed woodlands, and alongside the gurgling waters of Cold Creek along this route. Impress yourself in the high country and get your heart rate up! Note that this area has been especially buggy in the summer months, so be sure to bring along some bug spray! Additionally, we suggest dressing in layers and bringing sun protection as the trail weaves between exposed meadowlands and shaded terrain—warranting ever-changing conditions.

    Setting out from the trailhead, the Cold Creek Trail to High Meadow Hike follows the Lower Cold Creek Trail along the babbling waters of the alpine stream. Enjoy the relaxing sounds of babbling waters and the sounds of the encompassing mountains. Continued hiking, and you will soon reach an intersection. Here, merge onto the Cold Creek Trail, heading east through mixed pines and open meadows.

    Gradually climbing through the scenic wilderness, you will eventually reach the route’s end at the intersection with the High Meadows Road. Turn around and retrace your footing along the route back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Cold Creek Trail to High Meadows Trailhead

    The Cold Creek Trail to High Meadows departs from the Lower Cold Creek Trailhead off Pioneer Trail.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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