Meiss Family Cabin

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Meiss Family Cabin


  • The first trailmarker.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • Aspens along the trail to the Meiss Family Cabin.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • Short climb to the pass.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • Carson range in the background.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • The pond at the pass.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • Most of the trail is open and exposed.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • View of Lake Tahoe.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • Potential campsite.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • Meiss Family Cabin.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • Meiss Family Cabin.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • Informational signs provide context for the site.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • For good luck.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • Meiss Family Cabin.- Meiss Family Cabin
  • Cabin from the the stream.- Meiss Family Cabin
Overview + Weather
Beautiful vistas. Wildflowers. Historical landmark.
Altitude may be a challange.
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
464.00 ft (141.43 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
6.10 mi (9.82 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,551.00 ft (2,606.34 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


The Meiss Family Cabin is a unique historical landmark in the Meiss County Roadless Area. After purchasing 1000 acres of land in 1878, the iconic ranch was built by Louis Meiss, along with his wife, eight daughters, and two sons. The ranch was family owned and operated until 1936, when it was sold to another family. Thirty years later, the Forest Service bought the land for public use. The cabin and barn still stand today.

Part of the famous Pacific Crest Trail, this 6-mile there-and-back trek begins at the Carson Pass parking area, where there is a small parking charge. The first mile traverses the aspen-covered hillside. Eventually you will begin climbing switchbacks to the 8,809-foot pass. This is a good spot for a break and snack. Then continue along the trail as it winds down in Meiss Meadow. Another mile will bring you to the cabins. Don't be surprised if other hikers and hunters are enjoying the area. Remember that the area is a historic resource, so please look but do not touch.

Enjoy a lunch, then head back on the same trail. If you are ready for an extra challenge, once you return to the pond at the pass you can take a left and head up toward Red Lake Peak. This is a much more difficult hike, climbing almost 1000 feet in less then a mile using few if any trails.

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