Big Meadow


Difficulty 2 Beginner-intermediate
Length 0.8 mile round trip
7250 feet
+350, -350 feet
Navigation Map
Time Few hours
Season December through April
Snowmobiles Low
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Echo Lake, Freel Peak
Start Highway 89, 5.0 miles south of Meyers. There is a turnout on the north side of the road.


Although the route itself to Big Meadow is not particularly interesting, the meadow and the surrounding area are a pleasant destination and interesting to explore. Big Meadow is also a landmark on tours to Scotts Lake, Hope Valley, Round Lake and Dardanelles Lake.

Be aware that route is relatively steep, but short, and you will likely find it heavily worn. In fact, if it were not for the shortness of the tour it would be rated intermediate. It's not uncommon for people to walk the first part, which is the steepest.

Mileage Log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Miles: 0.0 - 0.4
Elevation change: +300, -50 feet

Begin by locating the trailhead on the south side of the highway and 50 yards east (uphill) from where Big Meadow Creek crosses the highway. From the trailhead (1) ski south along the east (left) side of Big Meadow Creek for 0.4 mile until you reach Big Meadow (2). Stay far enough to the left of the creek to avoid the brush.

Miles: 0.4 - 0.8
Elevation change: +50, -300 feet

Retrace the route for 0.4 mile back to the trailhead (1).

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