A moderate hike to Scotts Lake from Big Meadow

This is a great place to bring the pup and let them run wild.  Scotts Lake is a pretty short hike with nice views and leads through a peaceful setting.  You’ll gain about 900 feet of elevation in just over 6 miles round trip leaving from Big Meadow Trailhead.  The hike is a pretty steady climb, but it’s quite moderate so nothing too difficult.  The path follows east between Waterhouse Peak, a great peak to ski or ride in the winter, and Big Meadow Creek.

While my dad and sister were in town a month or so back, we were able to hike to Scotts Lake.  This time Jillian, my dog, was able to make the trip with us.  We woke up pretty early, getting to the trailhead around 8:15am.  The trailhead can get busy in the summer so we wanted to get there a bit early to beat the crowd onto the trail.  That we did.  Jillian had her UNR harness, we all laced up, myself with my Granite Rocx backpack and we were off.  The trail leads towards Round Lake and Dardanelles Lake as well as Scotts Lake.  We first crossed Highway 89, as the trail goes across the road starting at the Tahoe Rim Trail.  It leads a pretty steady climb up a rocky path.  You’ll reach a post where you want to go left, which is east.  Right would lead you towards Round Lake or Dardanelles Lake.  Below are a few pictures!

Scotts Lake Hike - Granite Rocx - granite - graniterocx - hiking - hike - backpack - cooler - granite rocks - granite rock

Scotts Lake Hike - Granite Rocx - granite - graniterocx - hiking - hike - backpack - cooler - granite rocks - granite rock

Scotts Lake Hike - Granite Rocx - granite - graniterocx - hiking - hike - backpack - cooler - granite rocks - granite rock

Once you veer to the left, as we did, you will follow a steady climb.  The path is just a dirt path and it’s pretty moderate, but as I mentioned is a climb.  It will continue through a section of forest that’s pretty dense, but then opens up again.  You’ll make one last climb, once again as we did, until you reach a view of the lake.  Then you’ll proceed down about 100 yards to reach Scotts Lake.  The lake was super low and I was actually very surprised.  However, it was perfect for Jillian to run around like crazy.  Below are a few more pictures.  Enjoy!

Scotts Lake Hike - Granite Rocx - granite - graniterocx - hiking - hike - backpack - cooler - granite rocks - granite rock

Scotts Lake Hike - Granite Rocx - granite - graniterocx - hiking - hike - backpack - cooler - granite rocks - granite rock

Scotts Lake Hike - Granite Rocx - granite - graniterocx - hiking - hike - backpack - cooler - granite rocks - granite rock

Scotts Lake Hike - Granite Rocx - granite - graniterocx - hiking - hike - backpack - cooler - granite rocks - granite rock

Scotts Lake Hike - Granite Rocx - granite - graniterocx - hiking - hike - backpack - cooler - granite rocks - granite rock

Scotts Lake Hike - Granite Rocx - granite - graniterocx - hiking - hike - backpack - cooler - granite rocks - granite rock

Big Meadow Trailhead is easy to access.  To get there, drive towards the “Y” in South Lake Tahoe.  Make a left at the “Y” towards Meyers.  Make a left on Highway 89.  Follow 89 until you see a sign for Big Meadow Trailhead on the left.   It will be across from one of the blue Tahoe Rim Trail signs.  From there put your boots on and you’re off.

Scotts Lake is a moderate, serene hike.  The trail leads east with beautiful scenery.  It’s actually a trail I’d like to run one of these days.  Check out my MyTracks!  If you’ve been to Scotts Lake make a comment below.  Also, follow me on twitter @sberei!

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