Dardanelles Lake and Big Meadow trail junctions Meiss Country Roadless Area

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 13 March 2011

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 Dardanelles Lake and Big Meadow trail junctions in the Meiss Country Roadless Area.

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This is a great place for short, sweet trips that bring us to sweet lakes in fine terrain. Dardanelles Lake is just such a place.

The Dardanelles Lake trail junction in Meiss Country Roadless Area

Dardanelles Lake and Round Lake offer excellent short-distance backpacking and hiking destinations for backpackers and hikers in the South Lake Tahoe area.

No permit is required for backpacking in the Meiss Country Roadless Area, but a fire permit is needed, even for camp stoves.

The easiest way backpacking into these fine little High Sierra Lakes is through the Big Meadow Trailhead on Highway 89 about 6 miles South of the Highways 50 and 89 junction in the town of Meyers. We do have a harder way in.

Steep trails up through deep forests climb steadily up the 2.58 miles to the Dardanelles Lake trail junction from the South Upper Truckee trailhead. 

Moderate trails bring us 2.91 miles down to the Dardanelles Lake trail junction from the Big Meadow Trailhead.

We have another 1.14 miles from the Dardanelles trail junction to Dardanelles Lake.

Check out the google map on the "locate South Upper Truckee Trailhead page" to locate the Big Meadow Trailhead. 

The Big Meadow Trailhead is located at 7283 feet elevation, so this route brings us in from much higher than the 6520 elevation of South Upper Truckee trail head.

This route in from Big Meadow Trailhead negates the climb up from the South Upper Truckee Trailhead. Check out the next page South, Big Meadow trail junction for more information on short and medium distance backpacking trips in the Meiss Country Roadless Area.

The Dardanelles Lake trail junction is located at 7800 feet of elevation.


Dardanelles Lake from the South Upper Truckee trailhead

South Upper Truckee to Dardanelles Lake Junction
2.58 miles, 1400 feet elevation gain.

Dardanelles Lake trail juction to Dardanelles Lake
1.14 miles.

South Upper Truckee trailhead to Dardanelles Lake
3.72 miles total.


Dardanelles Lake from the Big Meadow trailhead on Highway 89

Big Meadow traihead to Dardanelles Lake trail juction
2.31 miles downhill. 

Big Meadow trailhead to Dardanelles Lake
3.41 miles total.


Trail Guide Pages

Dardanelles Lake t
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Big Meadow
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South Upper Truckee Backpacking Miles and Elevations

30 minute Meiss Country Backpacking Topo Map

15 minute Meiss Country Topo Map


Winter/Spring Backpacking video roughly following this trail route to Round Lake, then navigating a cross country route to Meiss Lake. See the comments below for Balzaccom's comments below about hiking this cross country route during Summer.


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