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Secret Meadow

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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  • The Secret Meadow Trail begins immediately behind the Hope Valley Outdoors yurt.- Secret Meadow
  • The trail follows a forest road into the dense forest.- Secret Meadow
  • Rated for intermediate-level skiers, the trail climbs gradually through gentle rolling terrain.- Secret Meadow
  • Views open up to Lake Tahoe's southern mountain peaks.- Secret Meadow
  • Snow in the area can be thick, such as here where a street marker is almost completely buried.- Secret Meadow
  • The Secret Meadow Trail.- Secret Meadow
  • Signs mark the significant trail forks.- Secret Meadow
  • Some of the forest trails pass by streams and meadows which flow even with the heavy snow.- Secret Meadow
  • Forest lines most of the trail.- Secret Meadow
  • Blue diamond blazes mark the Secret Meadow Trail as it leaves the trees and enters the meadow.- Secret Meadow
  • In the meadow, the path parallels a stream.- Secret Meadow
  • The downhill return to the yurt is a fun descent to end the trail.- Secret Meadow
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great gently rolling terrain. Opportunities to head into the backcountry.
Cons: 
Portions of the trail may be skier tracked or marked by snowshoers.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
120.00 ft (36.58 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
2.40 mi (3.86 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,276.00 ft (2,217.72 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Secret Meadow Trail is a 2.4-mile intermediate ski trail - or an easy snowshoe trail - that is track groomed and located adjacent to the Hope Valley Outdoors yurt. 

Following what in the summer is a forest road, the Secret Meadow Trail begins with an uphill roll through an area lined by pine trees and the occasional aspen grove, sharing this portion with the much longer Burnside Lake Trail. After about 1 mile, at a signed fork, the Secret Meadow Trail makes a right turn and heads into the forest before dropping into rolling meadows, where a fresh snow will appear like tufts of clouds perched along the meandering creeks that run through this area. The trail is tracked for kick and glide skiers, though it is not currently groomed for skate skiers.

Blue diamond blazes in the trees mark the trail route and make the path easy to find, and most, if not all, of the path is tracked for skiers. The beautiful scenery around the meadows may invite you to veer from the track and do some backcountry exploring through the trees or along the creeks. 

The loop portion of the trail eventually meets back up with the forest road trail before heading back on a downward slope toward the trailhead.

Parking, gear rental and an outhouse bathroom are located at the Hope Valley Outdoors yurt at the trailhead.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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