Meysan Trail is a 10.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lone Pine, CA that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Meysan lake is harsh, stark, and beautiful. The last 2 miles of the hike are much more strenuous than the first half. Using a GPS is a must, as the trail does not exist between Camp lake and Meysan Lake, and we had to rely on cairns and our topo maps to get to Meysan. Most of the lakes are completely dried up now (not sure if this is the drought or because we did this very late in the season, first weekend of October) but Meysan lake still has plenty of water. When we arrived, it was a sparkling deep turquoise, and the towering peaks surrounding it looks otherworldly.
Very doable as a day hike. Took us about 6 hours total, but I would budget at least 7 so that you can spend more time at the lake.
Great trail. No permits, no people. Route does get a little unclear at times. Nice warm up for Mount Whitney.
About five miles in and five miles out. Excellent lakes. Bring a hammock!
Steep switchbacks for the first 4 miles. There are 3 lakes once you reach the top (beautiful landscape change - greenery and wild flowers), the first is Grass lake, then continue on to Camp Lake, but to reach Meysan Lake requires a lot of work. The trail isn't easily marked so it's difficult to get lost. Maps or GPS helps. Expect a lot of rock climbing. Pretty advanced and challenging trek but worth the view! Bring a waterproof jacket as it rained on us going down the mountain.