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Meiss Country Roadless Area
Backpacking Meiss Country Roadless. Not quite a Wilderness, but the Meiss area is as close as you can get.
I was sitting besides a slushy Round Lake surrounded by Spring Snow on June 6th 2010.
I noticed this very fatigued fly making his way towards me and the rock sticking out of the snow I was sitting on.
The Carson Gap
The Carson Gap is a low point in the mountains along the Southeastern edge of the Lake Tahoe Rim. The Carson Gap makes up the Southern entrance and exit from the Tahoe Basin for Backpackers heading North and South on either the Tahoe to Yosemite or the Pacific Crest Trails.
Meiss Cabin to Carson Gap
This is the comments, questions, and extra information Forum Page for the trail guide pages between Meiss Cabin and the Carson Gap.
Now that we've checked out our Winter layering options, we now have to tailor our selections to the weather conditions we are anticipating from our route and weather conditions research and balance this with our own personal level of cold tolerance.
Then we have to throw in the extra layer necessary to deal with worse-case scenarios.
This incident happened about eight or nine years ago during a late-Winter snowshoe trip. I recount it now so you can avoid my stupid mistakes and learn from my errors. My experience may give you an extra option for self-rescue after breaking through the ice on a frozen lake.
Bear encountered heading North into Meiss Meadow through Carson Gap. Video and pictures on Carson Gap page of the trail guide.
At the Carson Gap you decide upon continuing South on the Tahoe to Yosemite or the Pacific Crest Trails. The Pacific Crest Trail will take you from Carson Pass to Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4, while the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail connects the Carson Gap with Lake Alpine.
The trail guide index allows you to investigate and compare both routes through maps, mileages, and trail guide pages with pictures and videos.
Spring in the Sierras
Rifts great and small are opening up in the snow cover. Intense streams have cut fantastic shapes through their snow covers as they hurry down the mountain, while the meadow snows are suffering a different fate.
Run off from the mountains surrounding Meiss Meadow is flowing under the great sheets of snow covering the meadow, first undercutting, then collapsing the snow on the meadow.
This video takes us from the snow free trail head on South Upper Truckee Road up to Round Lake on June 5, 2010.. Round Lake sits about 5 miles South of the trail head at 8000 feet.
We ran into trails running like streams about a mile and a half up from the trail head, and hit the snow line about two miles past the trail head.
The Snow is heavier, at lower elevations, and persisting later into Spring than typical.
Part I: The Eastern Sierras
After the first leg of our June Scouting Trip from Walker Ca, through the Little Antelope Pack Station trailhead at Rodriquez Flat, to Sonora Pass was truncated by the heavy runoff through Murry Creek at Falls Meadow on the East Fork of the Carson River, we turned around and worked our way back to the Eastern Sierra trailhead where we had begun.