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This trail, south of Lake Tahoe, leads past Big Meadow to Round Lake. The lake is a good spot for fishing or swimming.

This trail is located south of Lake Tahoe. The first half mile of this trail climbs steeply from the highway through Jeffrey pine and white fir to Big Meadow. After crossing the creek and a large meadow, the trail enters the cover of a lodgepole cloaked forest. In another 1.5 miles, the trail descends nearly 250 feet along an aspen-covered bank to a junction. Take the left fork which leads by a wall of interesting volcanic rock. After another short climb up a small hill, the trail leads to Round Lake, Meiss Country's largest lake. The brownish-green lake is a great place for a refreshing swim or for trying your hand at catching some cutthroat trout.

Directions: From South Lake Tahoe, Take Highway 50 southwest to Highway 89. Go south on 89 to the Big Meadows parking lot on the left. Follow the trail at the lower end of the parking lot approximately 200 yards, where it intersects with the highway. Cross the highway cautiously and look for the trailhead signboard.

Elevation: 7,200 feet

Ending Elevation: 8,070 feet

Elevation Gain: 870 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

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Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California

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