Meiss Country Roadless Area


Meiss Country is located south of the Lake Tahoe Basin with access via Highway 89 on the north end and Highway 88 to the south.  Meiss Country offers a complete wilderness-like experience with beautiful forest meadows, picturesque mountain lakes, and wonderful scenic opportunies.

At a Glance

Fees Fees are not presently required for day or overnight use in Meiss Country.
Permit Info: Hiking permits are not currently required for Meiss Country.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Campfires are allowed with a valid campfire permit as long as there are no fire restrictions in place.  Campfire Permits may be obtained in person from any Forest Service office or fire station.  Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited (this includes motorcycles, bicycles, carts, and strollers).
Closest Towns: South Lake Tahoe, California
Water: Water in the Sierra may be contaminated by Giardia lambia & Crytosporidium, which may cause illness.
Operated By: Meiss Country is managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

General Information

Directions: Trailheads are accessible from Luther Pass (Highway 89) on the northern boundary and Carson Pass (Highway 88) on the southern side.


Camping & Cabins

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Hiking: Backpacking
Fire InformationCampfire permits are required for all open fires (including camp stoves). A campfire permit does not authorize the use of fire when fire restrictions are in effect.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Day Hiking

Nature Viewing

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