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Mono Pass Trail

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On this old Indian route you'll experience big eastern Sierra views, stunning lakes and wildflowers


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Point to Point

10,635' 3,241 m

High

9,618' 2,932 m

Low

1,018' 310 m

Up

75' 23 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Tioga Pass Road is closed in winter, which may limit access to the trailhead.

Description

From the trailhead off Tioga Road, hike through dense forest before emerging into scenic Dana Meadows. Cover level ground, then hop or wade across a few streams. Depending on the season and snowpack, you may get wet! Climb a few short ridges with sporadic views of Mammoth Peak in between the trees. The high elevation of this trail is tough for un-acclimatized hikers, but it also means that wildflowers persist until late July. Ascend gradually, paralleling above Parker Pass Creek. At the Y-intersection, keep left, ignoring the trail to Spillway Lake.

Round the flank of Mount Gibbs and arrive at the intersection for the Parker Pass Trail. Stay left to remain on the Mono Pass Trail and soon arrive at the flat and windswept summit area. The Summit Lake Spur trail branches off to the right, take this short out-and-back detour for more vistas. There are many remnants of miners' log cabins from when silver was extracted from this area in the 1860's. Just as you approach Summit Lake is the official park boundary sign. Ahead of you is Bloody Canyon Trail leading down to Walker Lake.

A bit of history: Mono Pass Trail is an old path first used by Native Americans, then later "discovered" by an army lieutenant named Moore in 1852. He and his followers were chasing Yosemite's Chief Tenaya's group through Tuolumne Meadows and over Mono Pass. Apparently the army was not fast enough, they did not catch the band of Native Americans.

Flora & Fauna

Deer and pine trees dot the landscape along this trail.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

Shared By:

Megan W with improvements by Tilman Giese

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Photos

Kuna Crest from Mono Pass Trail
Sep 26, 2019 near Yosemit…, CA
A small lake before you reach Summit Lake
Sep 26, 2019 near Yosemit…, CA
Approaching Mono Pass, looking towards Mount Lewis
Sep 26, 2019 near Yosemit…, CA
Alpine meadow and lake near Mono Pass.
Sep 24, 2015 near Mammoth…, CA
Mount Gibbs (12,772 ft) viewed from the Mono Pass Trail.
Oct 19, 2018 near Bridgeport, CA
Mono Pass, elevation 10,599 feet.
Oct 19, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA

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Jul 2, 2020
Sophia Barwegen
Sep 22, 2019
Olivia Lynn
9mi
Oct 13, 2018
Tilman Giese
Sep 9, 2018
Elizabeth Bacon
to spillway lake 3mi
Jul 16, 2016
Rich Bray