Meiss Country


Meiss Country is located south of the Lake Tahoe Basin with access via Highway 89 from the north end and Highway 88 from the south.  Meiss Country offers a complete wilderness-like experience with beautiful forest meadows, picturesque mountain lakes, and wonderful scenic opportunies. Please note: Campfires and portable charcoal grills are not allowed.

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-Heavy
Restrictions: Campfires are not allowed, but a gas stove may be used with a valid campfire permit.  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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Areas & Activities



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Elevations in Meiss Country range from 5000 foot valleys to 9000 foot peaks.


Color graphic of the Travel Management logo featuring a drawing of a trail next to stream and trees.

Travel Management: A Program for Motor Vehicle Route Designation

Buy it where you burn it!

Be aware that firewood can harbor insects and diseases that threaten valuable forest resources. Transporting firewood can move these pests to new locations.