The Meeks Bay Trail is a dog-friendly trail located near the Lake Tahoe Basin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The trail zig-zags through terrain characterized by scenic shrubbery, tall conifers, the Desolation Wilderness, and the rapid-flowing Meeks Creek that it runs parallel to. This almost 10-mile out-and-back trail goes through a variety of topography ranging from flat sections and gentle inclines to steep and rocky sections. Meeks Bay Trail provides a great hike for both people and pups that are up for an entire morning or afternoon challenge in a quiet and scenic environment.
Once you get to the parking at Meeks Bay Resort along Highway 89, the trailhead is across the road from the parking area. From this point, follow the dirt road for about 1.3 miles to where the single track starts. There is plenty for you and your doggo to see along this trail. Right at the start of the trail, you will see a pond and a meadow that is easy to access. You will also get to see several lakes including Crag Lake, Lake Genevieve, Shadow Lake, Hidden Lake, and Stony Ridge Lake.
The area surrounding the trail is filled with wildflowers, mostly in full bloom between June and July. Some of the main wildflower species to see include yarrow, mallow, meadow aster, buckwheat, iris, monkshood, yampah, wandering daisy, lupine, phlox, scarlet gilia, and flax. There are also several animal and bird species to be seen including red-tailed hawks, mountain chickadees, Steller’s jays, and great horned owl.
Besides hiking, there is a lot for you and your pooch to do along the trail, including birdwatching or active sports like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Just make sure that you always keep your dog on a leash and carry everything that your dog needs including some water and a few snacks. Have a pawrific hike!
Be careful when crossing the road to get to the trailhead from the parking at Meeks Bay Resort, as the road can be quite busy. Also, be aware of altitude sickness and take precaution since the trail is in a high elevation area.