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Mount Dana Trail

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Length


5.1 Miles 8.3 Kilometers


2,974' 906 m

Ascent

-2,974' -906 m

Descent

22%

Avg Grade (12°)

58%

Max Grade (30°)

12,912' 3,936 m

High

9,942' 3,030 m

Low

Shared By James Kaiser

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

James Kaiser

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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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Sep 2, 2018
Nathalie Vazquez
Jul 21, 2018
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Jun 28, 2018
Arto K
Sep 17, 2017
Senthil Thangavelu
Even though most of the sites indicates its 5.1 mile loop, its more than that because hikingproject app record option shows 3.6 mile one way. 6mi — 4h 00m
Sep 4, 2017
Oxtay Azar
5.1mi
Oct 15, 2016
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Jul 16, 2016
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Jul 12, 2016
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  4.8 from 18 votes

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candace Gregory
Central Sierra, CA
candace Gregory   Central Sierra, CA
September 15, 2016 Hike Blog from the Tioga Pass East Entrance to the top of Mt. Dana with map, profile and pictures. sierranewsonline.com/hiking… Apr 18, 2017

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