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Hiking Lake Tahoe: High Meadow Road & Cold Creek Loop

Posted in Hiking+Running | October 31, 2012 | By Tahoe South

The title should really read: A Snowy Walkabout. Last week we received more snow than predicted, about 1-3 ft. depending on elevation. Either way, it didn't stop my friend Arica and me from getting out with the dogs yesterday – it was a nice 60 degrees. 

Cold Creek Loop/High Meadows Road both feed into Powerline Trail and are also known as mountain bike trails. Although we both agreed a bike ride would have been nice, we knew there was probably still snow on the ground and didn't want to press our luck. However, we did see one brave soul mountain biking in the snow!

I would consider the hike a moderately easy one. We weren't keeping track but we probably hiked for two hours and about five miles.

It was nice to venture out, stretch our legs and run the dogs. Bonus: Roxy was out cold shortly after we got home.

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Top Row: Snowcapped mountains
Bottom Row: Aspen leaf in the snow & Roxy being a sweet girl

Getting there:
From South Lake Tahoe take Pioneer Trail west, turn left on High Meadow Road. Take the road until it dead ends. You can park in the lot and bike or hike from there. Another option: if the Forest Service gate is open you can drive all the back to the High Meadow trailhead.

What I Wore:

  • Columbia Anytime Pant
  • Merrell Siren Sport
  • The North Face TKA 100 Fleece
  • Columbia Solar Polar Top
  • Camelbak (similar)

What's in my pack for Roxy:

  • Collapsible Water Bowl (similar)
  • Water
  • 2 cups of food
  • Leash
  • Harness
  • Treats (for my pocket)

Tiara works for Weidinger Public Relations and assists with PR efforts for Tahoe South. As an outdoor enthusiast, Tahoe is the perfect playground for Tiara to combine work with play. She contributes reviews to gear.com and blogs about Tahoe and DIY projects on her personal blog



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