Meysan Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."