Apr 04

Tahoe-Yosemite Trail Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

Welcome to another Travel Tuesday! There are a crap ton of photos coming up in this post. :] You’ve been warned!

My friend and I actually went on this hike back in uh, June of 2016. We’d been planning a weekend Tahoe trip since I hadn’t been there since 2008, so on one of the days, we decided to go hiking!

We started out the day with some freshly-squeezed orange juice!


Along with some delicious strawberry guava pancakes using one of the mixes I brought back with me from Hawai’i


We packed a delicious lunch of stir-fried tomato + egg and fried rice!

We packed a delicious lunch of stir-fried tomato + egg and fried rice!


Pretty flowers outside the cabin!

Originally, we wanted to hike up Rubicon Peak, but we couldn’t find out how to get to the trailhead. The Tahoe-Yosemite trail was nearby, but it’s 186 miles long in its entirety and stretches from Lake Tahoe all the way to Yosemite National Park (as the name would suggest) and we had a single day for hiking.

…So we decided to make up our own hike and took the Tahoe-Yosemite Trail from Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake!


First, a view of a tree and waterfall by Emerald Bay! <3

Tahoe-Yosemite Trail Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake
Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

Location: On Highway 89, ~11 miles south of Tahoe City! 7941 Emerald Bay Rd, Tahoma, CA 96142 = address for Meeks Bay Resort)
Parking: Park in the area across from the Meeks Bay Resort! You’ll see a small dirt parking lot across the highway.
Fees: As far as I know, there are no fees for day use, but permits are required if you want to stay overnight!

Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

You’ll see a great mix of things on this hike, from wildflowers to waterfalls to lakes and trees, and off in the distance, you’ll be able to hear Meeks Creek!

Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

There are a number of “natural” bridges made of logs and/or rocks to cross–some are trickier than others but they’re not bad at all!
Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

The snow plants were really pretty!

It gets colder the higher you climb, so I’d advise packing snacks, dressing in layers and bringing water with you on this hike!

Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

Lake Genevieve!

Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

Even though it was June, there was still snow up here!

Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

Stony Ridge Lake!

Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

I’d love to go up to the top of Rubicon Peak sometime! We probably could’ve made it if we’d pressed on, but we figured thin t-shirts and light jackets wouldn’t cut it up there, especially if we got lost and also wanted to get back down before dark. (sigh).  Someday!

Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake

Meeks Bay to Stony Ridge Lake


I’ve never gone backpacking before, but I think it’d be really fun to go backpacking along the entire Tahoe-Yosemite trail someday too! There are so many things on my travel bucket list!

The claim was that we ended up hiking 17.34-ish miles! I say “ish” because on my friend’s phone, it showed up as 32,312 steps, 18.59 miles and 67 floors climbed. I suspected this is because he’s taller than I am. Sigh, short legs.

So concludes the longest hike I’ve done to date! :O Before this, it was probably the 12-mile one I did up in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, but it didn’t even feel that long! :O Clearly, this means I need to go hiking more. :]

  • Have you ever been to Tahoe? What’s your favorite thing to do there?
  • What’s the longest hike you’ve ever done?

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  1. Susie @ Suzlyfe

    Um wow. Both to the steps and the scenery and pictures! How gorgeous is that place? I’ve always wanted to go, now I must!

    1. Farrah

      I hope you get to go sometime! I wanna go back!!

  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    O it looks like a beautiful hike!
    And starting off the day with those killer sounding pancakes….that’s just a perfect summer adventure!
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    1. Farrah

      It definitely was! The snacks we packed definitely helped us to keep on going! 😛

  3. Kaylin@EnticingHealthyEating

    When you start a day with strawberry guava pancakes you know it’s going to be a good day overall, right? I would love to visit Tahoe sometime! It looks beautiful!
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    1. Farrah

      Right!? That was definitely an awesome start! 😛

  4. ShootingStarsMag

    Wow, these are some beautiful photos!! Sounds like a nice hike.
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Lauren! :] It was definitely a fun hike!

  5. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    What an adventure! Your photos are so pretty– I’ve got to do this hike sometime.
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Julie! It was such a pretty hike! I hope you get to go sometime! 😀

  6. Emily

    Wow the beauty is SO stunning; And I love that you started the day with freshly squeezed juice and such delicious sounding pancakes. I love spending time outside in God’s creation.
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! :] I love getting to be outside!

  7. Mary

    I love going to Tahoe, we are so lucky that it’s only a hop skip and jump away. I’ve never had Strawberry Guava pancakes, I’m going to look for this mix when I visit Hawaii. I’m horrible at packing lunches. I usually eat my packed lunch before lunch time lol. These snow plants are beautiful. Wow, you got in a lot of steps!! Great looking hike Farrah.
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    1. Farrah

      That’s awesome! I’m gonna need to go back there sometime–it’s so gorgeous over there! :]

      Yay! They were super good! They have passionfruit ones as well. 😀 I’m really good at eating my packed lunches before actual-lunch time as well. Snacking throughout the day!

  8. VR

    Absolutely lovely!!! Glad you had a great time hiking 🙂 Time spent in and with nature is really quite soothing for our mind, body and soul <3

    1. Farrah

      Agreed! It makes a world of a difference! :]!!

  9. Kristy from Southern In Law

    Once again, Farrah is back with more gorgeous photos and an incredible hike!

    By the way, I totally need to get your Hawaii tips as we’re thinking of going there instead of the US as my family aren’t joining us on our US trip anymore!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, thanks, Kristy! I try, I try! 😛

      Ooo, definitely! What do you want to know and what island are you thinking of going to? :]

  10. GiGi Eats

    TAHOE!! I went last year!! It was stunning, I definitely want to go back – but I actually really want to go back when there is snow on the ground so I can whip out the snowboard!

    1. Farrah

      Yay for Tahoe! I’d love to go back again sometime! I haven’t gone snowboarding in over a decade! 😮

      Hope you get to go sometime!

  11. Coco

    That looks gorgeous. I love hiking. I’m not so into backpacking though.

    1. Farrah

      There are definitely days where I’d rather just do the hiking part, but it’s so nice to be outside! 😛

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