Meeks Creek


Difficulty 1-2 Beginner or beginner-intermediate
Length Up to 4.0 miles round trip
6200 feet
Up to +300, -300 round trip
Navigation Road and map
Time Several hours
Season Late December through March
Snowmobiles Not permitted [Please report illegal use of snowmobiles in this area.]
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Meeks Bay, Homewood
Start Meeks Bay on Highway 89 11.0 miles south of the bridge in Tahoe City and 16.1 miles north of the intersection of highways 50 and 89 in South Lake Tahoe.


Meeks Creek is located in a heavily wooded valley through which you travel on a level and easy-to-follow road. This protected area is an excellent location to ski during a storm.

The tour begins at the building on the west side of the highway and on the north side of Meeks Creek, and follows the adjacent road. This road is also the beginning of the well-known Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

Mileage Log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Miles: 0.0 - 1.5
Elevation change: +100 feet

From the trailhead (1) ski southwest on the road for 1.5 miles until you reach the location where the road starts to climb (2). Beginner skiers may choose to stop here or at the abandoned cabin just ahead.

Miles: 1.5 - 2.0
Elevation change: +150, -50 feet

Ski south on the road for 0.5 mile until you reach the end of the valley (3). Be aware that the cabins shown on the map have been removed.

Miles: 2.0 - 4.0
Elevation change: +50, -250 feet

Retrace the route for 4.0 miles back to the trailhead (1).

Elevation Profile
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