Meysan Lakes Trail

  

The Meysan Lakes Trail begins in the Whitney Portal Recreation Area and ends at Meysan Lake, in the John Muir Wilderness. The trail provides access to popular climbing routes on Lone Pine Peak. The distance to Meysan Lake is approximately 5.6 miles, and the elevation gain is approximately 3,100 feet. Meysan Lakes Trail is steep and strenuous. It is infrequently maintained, and becomes difficult to follow near Meysan Lake.

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Meysan Lake Trail Recreation Guide

 

 

At a Glance

Reservations: Wilderness permits may be reserved up to 6 months in advance at Recreation.gov
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips in the John Muir Wilderness.
  • Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
  • May 1 to November 1: Overnight visitors are limited to 10 per day.
     
Usage: Light
Restrictions:
  • Campfires are prohibited
  • 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.
  • Use of pack goats is not advised.
  • John Muir Wilderness Regulations
  • National Park Service Regulations
Closest Towns: Lone Pine, CA
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: No restrooms. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
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General Information

Parking:

Roadside parking is available along Whitney Portal Road, near Whitney Portal Campground. From the road, walk through the campground to access the trail. Food storage lockers are located at the Mt. Whitney trailhead, about 1/2 mile up the road.


General Notes:

Traveling in Bear Country

Historically, there has been a high level of bear activity in the Whitney Portal area. At the trailhead, all food and scented items must be removed from vehicles and stored in the bear proof lockers and trash receptacles. The lockers and receptacles are located in at the Mt. Whintey Trailhead, about 1/2 mile up the road. 

Along the Meysan Lakes Trail, 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.

For more information about traveling in bear bear country, click here...


Directions:

From Highway 395 in Lone Pine, CA:

  • Travel west on Whitney Portal Road.
  • Trailhead parking is located about 12 miles from Lone Pine on the south side of Whitney Portal Road.

 


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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
5.6 miles

  Latitude : 
36.589792

  Longitude : 
-118.229907

  Elevation : 
8,060 ft - 11,140 ft

 

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