Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop

This is one of the easiest hikes in the Lake Tahoe area and is also wheelchair accessible, but don’t let that lead you to believe that there’s nothing to see here.  You’ll get good views, lush meadows, streams, wildflowers, and wildlife.  It’s a good hike near Incline Village if you’re limited on time but need to get outside.  It also makes for a good warmup if you’re headed to the Ophir Creek Trail.

  • top trails tahoeTrailhead: Tahoe Meadows Tahoe Rim Trail Trailhead parking lot, Highway 431  – Open in Google Maps.
  • Length: 1.3 mile loop; 30 minutes.
  • Difficulty: Easy.  Wheelchair accessible.
  • Usage: Hikers and dogs.  Free.
  • Best Time for Photography: Much of the trail is still in the shadows until mid-morning.  You can shoot sunsets over Tahoe Meadows with the mountains of the Tahoe Basin as a backdrop.
  • Are Drones Allowed: Yes.
  • Trail Info Current: June 3, 2015
  • Further Reading: Top Trails: Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone
  • Go back to Lake Tahoe Hikes map
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Plots created using digital topographic map data, not actual GPS logs. Distance and elevation profiles are approximate.

Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop Hike Narrative

As far as I know this is the only wheelchair-accessible hiking trail in the Tahoe area.  Please correct me if that’s not true.  The trail starts at the Tahoe Meadows Tahoe Rim Trail parking lot, on the southeast side of Highway 431 just south of Mt Rose summit.  There’s a small visitor center and toilets at the parking lot.

Tahoe Meadows

On the Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop trail.

This trail is clearly marked and starts northeast of the parking lot.  After a few hundred yards of walking through a clearing, you’ll see a sign directing you to the right for the loop trail, going in a counter-clockwise direction.

Tahoe Meadows Wildflowers

The year’s first wildflowers on the Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop Trail.

The trail will quickly cross a meadow and then go back into a treeline, where you’ll have views of Tahoe Meadows through the trees.  You’ll wind your way around this smaller meadow and then head north, where a small side trail will take you to a viewpoint over the Tahoe Meadows.

Tahoe Meadows Trail

A small pond in the Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop trail.

Continuing on the trail, you’ll get to an intersection where going right will take you to Mt. Rose campground and going left will take you back to the parking lot via the north side of this small meadow.

Tahoe Meadows Sunset

Sunset looking over Tahoe Meadows with the lake barely visible.

Tips for the Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop Trail

  • Lots of birds and wildflowers to see on this hike, especially in early summer – bring your identification books!

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