Inyo National Forest: Meysan Lake

Hike: Meysan Lake
Where: Inyo National Forest
Trailhead: Whitney Portal
Level: Strenuous
Duration: 7 hours
Length: 11.2 miles out and back
Gear: [sn] Super.Natural W Base Tee 140, REI Sahara pants, Arc’teryx Alpha SL Hybrid jacket, CamelBak Aventura, Black Diamond Ultra Distance trekking poles, Arc’teryx Covert Hoody, and Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX boots
Cost of Parking: Free

Fresh from sea level and running on about 6.5 hours of sleep, the beastly David Wherry and I set off with a friend on a Friday morning to acclimatize for our Whitney hike back in September. Our destination was Meysan Lake at approximately 11,500′. The trail begins at the Whitney Portal Family Campground by the summer homes, a short walk across Lone Pine Creek from our campsite. Starting elevation is 8360′, so if you’re not used to the altitude, expect to be huffing and puffing.

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