The Meysan Lakes trail begins near Whitney Portal Campground and goes past Little Meysan and Grass Lake before it ends near Camp Lake. Meysan Lake is past Camp Lake, and can be accessed by traveling cross-country. This trail does not go to Mt Whitney. Day hiking on the Meysan Lakes trail does not require a permit. Whitney Portal is an active bear area; check information about traveling in bear country.
Download area map for trail location.
To purchase more detailed maps or guidebooks of the area, visit esiaonline.com
At a Glance
||Road is closed in winter.
Reserve up to 6 months in advance at Recreation.gov
Day use does not require a permit.
Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the John Muir Wilderness. Day use does not require a permit unless you will enter the Mt. Whitney Zone. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
- No Campfires
- All food, trash and scented items must be stored in bear-proof containers, or counter balanced at least 15 feet above the ground, and 10 feet horizontally from a tree trunk.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Quota of 10 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1.
- Trips into the Mt Whitney Zone have different permit requirements.
- This area is near Bighorn Sheep habitat. Use of pack goats is not advised in order to protect the health of the wild sheep.
- John Muir Wilderness Regulations Apply
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Park (includes no night box permit pickup; no pets; Cross Country permit type required south of Mt. Russell).
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||Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
||Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center (760) 876-6222
Wilderness Permit Information (760) 873-2483
There is limited streatside parking for this trail head near Whitney Portal Campground. The campground is also the nearest toilets and water. Do not leave food in your car, this is an active bear area. Food storage lockers are at Whitney Portal trailhead.
Traveling in Bear Country
Historically, there has been a high level of bear activity in the Whitney Portal area. In the Meysan Lakes Trail area, all food, trash and scented items must be stored in bear-proof containers, or counter balanced at least 15 feet above the ground, and 10 feet horizontally from a tree trunk. At the trailhead, all food and scented items must be removed from vehicles and stored in the bear proof lockers that are located in parking areas. Dispose of trash in bear proof trash receptacles at the trailhead.
For more information about traveling in bear bear country, click here...