|Length||7.0 miles round trip|
|+850, -850 feet|
|Season||Mid-December through mid-April|
|Snowmobiles Use||Not permitted [Please report illegal use of snowmobiles in this area.]|
|USGS Topo||7.5' series, Carson Pass and Caples Lake|
|Start||Meiss Sno-Park, 0.1 mile west of Carson Pass on Highway 88.|
Meiss Lake, located in the Upper Truckee River drainage, is a wonderful tour of varying terrain and scenery. You will find the initial climb to a broad saddle moderately steep, the following descent less steep but you are confined to a relatively narrow drainage, and finally a kick and glide across a meadow to the lake.
A cabin lies in the Upper Truckee River drainage 1.4 miles north of the saddle and 1.1 miles south of Meiss Lake. It was once operated as a ski hut by Sierra Ski Touring.
Waypoint 1 to 2
Miles: 0.0 - 1.0
Elevation change: +300, -50 feet
From the Meiss Sno-Park (1) work your way west for 0.5 mile while climbing gradually and then ascend northwest for another 0.5 mile until you reach the obvious broad saddle (2). Early and late in the snow season you may find the south-facing slopes leading to the saddle partially barren. Also, take care to avoid the slopes beneath the southwest ridge of Red Lake Peak, which may be avalanche prone.
Waypoint 2 to 3
Miles: 1.0 - 2.4
Elevation change: -400 feet
Descend north down the gully for 1.4 miles until you reach two old buildings (3). You lose nearly all the elevation in the first half of the distance. You will probably find the skiing easiest on the side-slope east (right) of the creek. Once down in the meadow-like terrain you will want to stay on the east (right) side of the creek.
Waypoint 3 to 4
Miles: 2.4 - 3.5
Elevation change: -100 feet
Continue generally north through meadow-like terrain for 1.1 miles until you reach Meiss Lake(4).
Return to trailhead
Miles: 3.5 - 7.0
Elevation change: +550, -300 feet
Retrace the route for 3.5 miles back to the trailhead (1).