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Meysan Lake Trail

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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  • Expansive Sierra views along the Meysan Lake Trail.- Meysan Lake Trail
  • Dogs are allowed on the Meysan Lake Trail.- Meysan Lake Trail
  • Green patches among the boulders showing where the water runs off.- Meysan Lake Trail
  • Lone Pine Peak from the Meysan Lake Trail. - Meysan Lake Trail
  • Camp Lake. - Meysan Lake Trail
  • Camp Lake from the decent route. - Meysan Lake Trail
  • Old-growth trees along the Meysan Lake Trail. - Meysan Lake Trail
  • Looking toward the town of Lone Pine from the Meysan Lake Trail.- Meysan Lake Trail
  • Approaching the end of the Meysan Lake Trail.- Meysan Lake Trail
  • Meysan Lake Trail.- Meysan Lake Trail
  • Meysan Lake.- Meysan Lake Trail
  • Grand view surrounding the trail. - Meysan Lake Trail
  • Traversing a boulder field on the descent from Meysan Lake.- Meysan Lake Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitude. Alpine lake. Grand views. Easy access.
Cons: 
Limited parking.
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Alerts: 
Extensive road construction projects will limit parking for summer 2016.
Region:
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,957.00 ft (1,206.09 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
9.80 mi (15.77 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,890.00 ft (2,404.87 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Meysan Lake is an easily accessible hiking destination in the Inyo National Forest near the popular Whitney Portal. This overlooked trail receives much less traffic than the Whitney Portal, however, making it relatively easy to find complete solitude. Hikers will find a well-maintained, challenging trail that constantly rewards with superb views.

The trail begins in the Whitney Portal Campground located just below Whitney Portal, the first campground available for visitors in this area. Hidden inside the campground is the trailhead that also leads to Lone Pine Peak. You can park in the campground if you will be staying overnight; otherwise, park your car on the side of the road just outside the campground.

The trail quickly climbs away from the campground's noise, and the view is immediately stunning with Lone Pine peak looming to the southeast. After 4 miles you will come across Grass lake, and less than a mile further you will reach Camp Lake (which is also a perfect place to camp!). There is plenty of running water here. The trail ends at Camp Lake, so you will have to do a little bit of route finding to reach Meysan Lake. The easiest strategy is to aim for the shorter ridge in the front of jagged peaks. Stay as far left as possible to avoid to being cliffed out or finding yourself on the wrong set of boulders. Scramble southeast for another half a mile and you will arrive at this gorgeous lake surrounded by jagged peaks.

Spend as much time here as possible, or swim if you like (the water is very cold). If you have plenty of time, the lake is also a great place to fish since it is one of the three lakes that are filled with brook trout. To return, follow the same route you used to hike in.

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