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Mount Dana Trail

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 4.8 (24) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A rugged route leading to the second-highest peak in Yosemite.


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Map Key

5.1

Miles

8.3

KM

Loop

12,912' 3,936 m

High

9,942' 3,030 m

Low

2,974' 906 m

Up

2,974' 906 m

Down

22%

Avg Grade (12°)

58%

Max Grade (30°)

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Overview

A spectacular summit, and though it's not easy, the short distance makes the reward to work ratio makes for an outstanding objective.

Description

Mount Dana is the second-highest peak in Yosemite, and the views from the top are outstanding. The trail starts at the Tioga Pass Entrance Station, then crosses the eastern edge of Dana Meadow before climbing 1,700 feet to a rocky ridge. The final 1,000 feet of elevation requires scampering up loose scree. The trail can be confusing; stay near the eastern edge and look for the cairns that mark the way.

When you reach the summit you'll be on the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Enjoy the sweeping, 360-degree views. To the northeast, surrounded by arid desert, is Mono Lake. The crest of the Sierras, which extends to the northwest and southeast, is filled with dramatic peaks, including Mount Conness.

Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. If youre interested in learning more details about great day hikes, weather, camping / lodging, and geology, check out his book: .

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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James Kaiser

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Photos

View from the summit of Mount Dana.
Oct 13, 2018 near Bridgeport, CA
View of Mono Lake from the summit of Mount Dana.
Apr 8, 2016 near Bridgeport, CA
Mono Lake viewed from the summit of Mount Dana on a frosty October morning.
Oct 13, 2018 near Bridgeport, CA
My son and I pose atop Mount Dana. Last time I hiked Dana was 50 years ago when I was 14!
Mar 12, 2017 near Bridgeport, CA
Just below the summit on a frosty October morning, the sun pokes over the top to greet me.
Oct 13, 2018 near Bridgeport, CA
View from the Dana Pass Trail.
Apr 8, 2016 near Bridgeport, CA

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Oct 16, 2019
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Great day out with Roomie Liz. 6.2mi — 4h 49m
Aug 18, 2019
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Jul 27, 2019
Tanmay Patil
7mi — 6h 00m
Sep 2, 2018
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Jul 21, 2018
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Jun 28, 2018
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