• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6.1 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1184 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

The Big Meadow to Round Lake trail is a 6.1 mile hike in El Dorado National Forest, near South Lake Tahoe. Round Lake is absolutly gorgeous, and is a great day hike or beginner backpacking trip.

The Big Meadow to Round Lake Trail is accessible year-round as it can be snowshoed in the winter. The trail is surrounded by dense wilderness, and the silence from the forests is a beautiful sound. Dogs are allowed on this trail! This is also a great location for fishing or trail running. 

In the spring, the buttercups and asters are in full bloom. Keep your eyes peeled for nesting bald eagles at Round Lake. At the far end of the lake, turn right and you will find a small cove with a cute island. 

Photo: John Getchel

Pack List

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Water / water filtration
  • Hiking boots, hiking socks (wool), trekking poles
  • Snacks, food and cookware
  • Backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
  • Medications / first aid kit
  • Headlamp
  • Camera
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