Lemah Meadow is a marshy clearing set at the foot of Lemah Mountain. Although the meadow lies along the Pacific Crest Trail, it is more easily reached by the Pete Lake Trail. A couple of scenic campsites make this a fun alternative to staying at the busy shores of Pete Lake.
While the mileage for this trail is listed as one mile, it only starts once you reach Pete Lake, so hikers heading to Lemah Meadow have a 13.6-mile round trip in store.
From the end of the Pete Lake Trail, head right and away from Lemah Creek. The trail begins to climb the foot of the mountain as the forest opens up into a mix of silver firs and mountain hemlocks that frame the nearby snowy peaks.
A half-mile from the junction, the trail eases into a gentle grade among shaggy, moss-covered limbs. A glimpse of openness on the right hints that the hiker is near the meadow. At 0.9 mile is a small camp site and the junction of the Pacific Crest Trail. Stay right to get to the meadow.
One mile from Pete Lake, Lemah Meadow appears on the right, just beyond a large camp site. Another camp site sits on the left side of the PCT just a short distance farther. Both sites have great views and make a dramatic setting for twilight camp fire stories told from PCT through-hikers and weekenders alike.