Meysan Trail

HARD 21 reviews
#15 of 100 trails in

Meysan Trail is a 10.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lone Pine, California 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 best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,562 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

Perfect introduction to the Whitney Zone area for me. I have extensively backpacked north of Whitney and have purposely stayed away from this area due to popularity. This trail, however, is most definitely a path less traveled and we barely saw anyone, making it a lovely weekend.

The trail starts very mellow and the gradual climb up between two immense and beautiful geological mammoths, amongst the trees and alongside a rushing Creek. It's soft on the feet for about 2 miles then it changes to quite rocky trail.

Then the trail gets very strenuous and harder to follow up to Grass lake. From Grass to Camp Lake you're tired and feeling elevation, and it's about to get harder.

We climbed up to Meysan at the outlet (difficult, steep bouldering for about 500ft up) and found a camping spot.

Breathtaking! Fishing is plentiful. We were alone and the weather was extremely pleasant. We could comfortablely hang out in our swimsuits at 4pm.

It took 6 hours to hike the 5.2 miles up, and 4 hours to get back the next day, including a detour to Grass Lake (which is equally breathtaking!).

This is a tough hike but the reward is immense : beautiful views, solitude, fish, challenging hike, cross country experience, climbing experience.

hiking
2 months ago

Good views up to Lone Pine Peak and then back in to the valley. Unfortunately we didn’t make it all the way to the lake due to snow and tired legs from a previous hike, but well worth the effort and would do it again

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing Hike! Completely worth it. Beautiful view of Lone Pine peak. Lots of snow still getting up to the lake. Not too difficult.

3 months ago

Easy trail to follow pretty views and worth it

backpacking
Friday, August 04, 2017

Extreme workout but worth every step

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Awsome, I was torn between keeping it to myself or posting this.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Great trail. No permits, no people. Route does get a little unclear at times. Nice warm up for Mount Whitney.

hiking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

About five miles in and five miles out. Excellent lakes. Bring a hammock!

hiking
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

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.

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