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Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Loop

Subalpine meadow teeming with flowers and wildlife... ideal for a quick, flat hike with the entire family
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.3 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  The paths that meander around Tahoe Meadows are covered with footprints and signs of mammals, the air is filled with songbirds and... more »

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Directions

Leave Incline Village on the Mt. Rose Highway, NV-431, and drive 7.4 miles to the Tahoe Meadows trailhead parking lot on the east side of the road. Pit toilets are available, but water and garbage service are not.

The trailhead for the Interpretive Loop is across the parking lot, south of the pit toilets. It is marked by an informational kiosk describing the trail.

The Tahoe Rim Trail is marked by a kiosk to the west of the pit toilets.

Additional parking is available on the east side of Mt. Rose highway, with access via stairs at three locations between 0.7 and 0.8 miles southwest of the trailhead parking lot.

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Your journey along the interpretive trail begins at the kiosk next to the trees, directly south of the pit toilets. Head east on the trail as it leaves the shade and bear right onto the path ahead. You are actually following the Tahoe Rim Trail as it leads to Mount Rose Campground. This grass-surrounded track features several bridges that enable ... More

2. Loop Junction

Just ahead is a junction featuring an interpretive display—an overview of the species routinely spotted here. Wildflowers vary throughout the season, as do migrating birds. This meadow is a favorite area for birders to set up their own perches for observing. The easiest direction on this loop leads straight ahead, past the point where the loop... More

3. Trail Map

The trail signage points out the trail width, composition, cross-slope, and grade: important information for wheelchair hikers.

The next slight grade leads across another small rivulet before the track reveals some of its asphalt past. The trail gains just enough elevation to enable hikers to look down into the meadow to your right. The former... More

4. Junction Sign

As Mount Rose comes into view, your track bears to the right and leaves the Tahoe Rim Trail.

A hundred feet hence is an engineered spur trail leading to a vista point. Next to this overlook is a double lodgepole surrounded on three sides by meadow and facing the tree-spotted knoll to the southwest.

5. Two Bridges

Returning to the loop, cross two bridges spanning the creek where you can spot small brook trout. The return leg heads south along the meadow’s margin, staying just inside the trees at the foot of Slide Mountain. Bridges span each streamlet as you walk beneath the pines. After pausing at one restful bench, the trail jogs to the west between two... More

6. Optional Peak

You can take in an optional peak by leaving the trail leftward up a gentle slope.

7. End of Loop

The meadow here is ringed with broad, sandy slopes which, like the meadow itself, are a result of glacial action in the not-too-distant past. Follow the path under western white pine and some mature hemlocks as you stay under tree cover for the next 150 yards. Looking into the meadow from the south toward its wet core allows patient observers to... More

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