Meysan Trail

Lone Pine, California 93545

Meysan Trail

Meysan Trail Professional Guide

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"What a difference a mile makes! Each summer day hundreds trudge up the Mt. Whitney Trail toward the highest point in the continental United States, but in a canyon just a mile away only a few people hike the Meysan Trail. Although the rewards may not be as prestigious as those of scaling Whitney, the scenery and relative solitude in the canyon of Meysan Creek have their own appeal. As an added bonus, since the trail lies outside the Whitney Zone, dayhikers are not required to get a permit, and backpackers face far less competition for permits and campsites. However, upon reaching Meysan Lake, visitors may feel like they completed the equivalent of a Whitney climb, as the trail grinds steadily uphill, gaining nearly 4,000 feet in 4.5 miles."

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Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"While hundreds toil along the nearby Mount Whitney Trail, a relative few hike this neighboring path up the canyon of Meysan Creek to a string of attractive lakes east of the Sierra Crest. Once the typical hubbub of Whitney Portal is left behind, visitors experience quiet serenity on the ascent up Meysan Creek canyon to the end of the trail at Meysan Lake, a fine destination for lunch or for an overnight camp. From the official trailhead, follow singletrack trail on a steep climb up the hillside. Fortunately, the steep grade is short-lived, as the trail soon merges with another section of road that leads past more summer homes to the resumption of trail. Having left the last vestiges of civilization behind, you embark on a more moderate climb that leads across a dry hillside dotted with firs, pinyon pines, Jeffrey pines, and mountain mahogany."
100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books)
Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
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"The Mount Whitney Trail is the focus of most hikers at Whitney Portal, so anyone looking for a bit of solitude along with spectacular scenery can easily escape the crowds by making the arduous trek to Meysan Lake. Hikers who wisely spend a day acclimating before attempting Mount Whitney will find this hike a challenging test of strength while bodies adjust to the oxygen-deficient air."

Meysan Trail Trip Reports

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This is quite a steep trail and, per my GPS, it is not 10 miles out and back... more like 12+. Be careful, there are not many places to camp at any of the lakes that aren't grass, wet or rock. Otherwise, a great place to get away from the crowds IF you are willing to put in the work and it is work. GPS route to follow soon.
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If you are planning a trip up Mt. Whitney, this is an excellent trail to get acclimated to high elevation. This is no beginner tril, it proves to be quite the challenge once the trail ends and you must climb the last half mile plus to the lake.

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Trail Information

Lone Pine
Nearby City
3,860 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 days
Mid-July to early-October
Sequoia National Park
Local Contacts
USGS’s Mt. Langley
Local Maps

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