Lake Snowshoe Hike
|Trip Date: 01/24/2020
Distance: 6 Miles
Vertical Gain: 700'
Group Size: 4
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|Visible from Highway 89 across
from the Big Meadow parking area, you can start this snowshoe hike
along the Tahoe Rim Trail by finding this location and heading up the
|Getting ready to head up the
trail after just having crossed Highway 89. One of our
vehicles has found one of the safe locations along the highway with
enough room for multiple cars to park.
|A little before the first mile mark you will reah this junction post, with Scott's Lake off to the left and Big Meadow to the right. One option is to head to Big Meadow first, and then cross over the small creek to the east and pick up the Scott's Lake trail.|
|A couple of miles into the
hike the trail passes out of the tree-covered section and heads along
the valley with the Waterhouse Peak mountains to the east.
|Snowshoeing can be a lot of
work, and we took a few stops along the way to rest up from breaking
trail nearly the entire way.
|Most of the way to Scott's
Lake on this particular day was helped by following a cross-country
skiier's marks when they didn't pass along some questionable areas from
time to time.
|About 4 1/2 into the hike from
Highway 89 you finally reach the frozen over Scott's Lake.
|Scott's Lake is above 8000' in
elevation, so it tends to be frozen over pretty early in the season.
|A quick stop along the way to
check out the views of the lake and beyond.
|Hawkins Peak and part of Hope
Valley are visible heading down to the end of the snowshoe trek.
So is the vehicle at the parking spot along Highway 88.
|Mark and Robyn waiting
patiently while I take quick break from the snow stomping for the past
nearly 6 miles.
|Even with large snowshoes,
there was a lot of post-holing involved on this day because the powder
was deep and the snow was fresh.
|Looking back along the fresh
snow after breaking trail for the group.
|GPS Track of the full hike.|