Upper Truckee River and Meiss Lake Trail

Woodfords, California

Upper Truckee River and Meiss Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Venture along the meandering course of the Upper Truckee River near where it originates, and if it’s cold enough in the deep of winter, it may be a perfect sheet of ice. This narrow segment of river winds through a long and thin meadow to Meiss Lake, where, if snowpack is high, you may need a topo map to indicate whether you’ve reached it or if you’re still in the meadow. The scenery along the route is varied and inspirational. The first mile passes through an open forest to a saddle showing off handsome views of the Carson Pass mountains. You then descend into a gentle and expansive meadow that spans about 2 miles to the lake. To be ensconced in this pasture of white is to be surrounded by a plethora of smooth and rounded hillocks and smallish peaks, an uncommon high-country site that will be fondly etched in your memory."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5–7 hours
Amador Ranger District, Eldorado National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Caples Lake, USGS Carson Pass
Local Maps

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Jun 2018