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Paige Meadow Loop, CA

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CA > Sierra Nevada
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Loop 9.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,222 feet
Elevation Gain 883 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.72
Interest Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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10  2008-09-20 AZLOT69
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, May, Oct → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:41am - 4:48pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Tahoe City-Squaw Valley River Trail
Tahoe City-Squaw Valley River Trail
0.1 mi away
8.4 mi
80 ft
Lakeside Trail - Tahoe
0.2 mi away
8.0 mi
250 ft
Cottonwood Trail - Tahoe
0.2 mi away
2.0 mi
Tahoe City to Brockway Summit TRT
0.4 mi away
20.1 mi
3,725 ft
Tahoe City To Watson Lake
0.4 mi away
12.5 mi
1,650 ft
Tahoe State Park
0.9 mi away
7.0 mi
Ward Creek Blvd To Twin Peaks
3.0 mi away
5.3 mi
1,646 ft
Western States Trail
Western States Trail
3.7 mi away
100.0 mi
2,551 ft
Five Lakes Basin
4.7 mi away
4.0 mi
1,000 ft
Five Lakes Trail
Five Lakes Trail
4.7 mi away
5.1 mi
1,060 ft
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This section of the Tahoe Rim Trail can be accomplished in either direction but is described here north to south. Mountain bikes are allowed on this section of the TRT and it makes for a great intermediate difficulty ride. The trailhead parking area is huge and is shared by many users. People start kayak, swimming, rafting, bicycling, hiking, and horseback adventures on the many trails that radiate out from this trailhead. The trailhead parking is paved and holds at least fifty cars. It also has portable restrooms.


The trail starts at the southwest corner of the parking area and follows the Truckee river in a westerly direction. The clear cool water of the Truckee is inviting and would feel good after a hike and your feet are barking. In about one third of a mile the trail has a Y. Take the left trail and it starts up thru a thick old heavily forested area. The initial climb is steady, eased by a few switchbacks. Off to the left you catch the occasional glint of civilization as the sun glares off an auto or some metal. At the next junction turn right. The grade eases now but the trail has a gradual grade up for the next two miles. You might find yourself looking left and back anticipating views of Lake Tahoe. Unfortunately the forest is so thick this section of the TRT offers no clear view of the lake. At the next junction turn right again. The forest has been thinned here and nice views of the volcanic rocks towering above on the right are inspiring. The next junction we take to the left. In this area there is some aggressive tree management taking place in an effort to avoid forest fires. Soon you arrive at Paige Meadows. A beautiful wetland area which in spring has a wealth of wildflowers. But beware it also has a bounty of mosquitoes. The trail joins an old narrow jeep road just past the meadow. Keep right at the junction and soon views of twin peaks are ahead. The grade down begins for the next three quarter mile and you arrive at Ward Creek Blvd. Go east on Ward Creek Blvd 2.5 miles to the Lakeside trail, a paved bicycle trail.

The William Kent State Park and beach are here and have facilities, pick-nic tables and a beach on Lake Tahoe. After R and R take the Lakeside trail north to the trailhead where you may take a dip in the Truckee.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    None


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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From I 80 in Truckee, Ca.: take Highway 89 south 13 miles, to Tahoe City, Ca. At the intersection of SR 28 and SR 89 turn south towards Meeks Bay. Travel 1/4 mile to marked parking area on right. Continue into parking area. No fee. There is also bus service to-from this parking lot.
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