Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mono Lake (South Tufa Trail)- Yosemite

June 21, 2012

The trailhead is 22 miles Southeast of Yosemite's Tioga Pass entrance.

Driving Directions:
From Yosemite's Tioga Pass entrance, take the Tioga Road 12 miles east until it ends at Highway 395. Turn South on 395 and drive just under 5 miles to the Highway 120 turnoff. Turn left onto 120 east and drive another 5 miles to the turnoff for the South Tufa trail. From here it's one mile to the trailhead, the last 0.9 miles of the road are unpaved. Click Here to see exactly were to park and get driving directions.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
$3 Entrance fee for anyone older than 15. parking is free and there are plenty of spots available.

Sunrise to sunset


The trail is a 1 mile loop on almost level ground.

Trailhead- 6,410ft.
Total Gain- 40ft.

Sunrise and sunset are the most popular times of day as the sky turns beautiful shades of orange. The crowds will depend on the time of year, in the off season for Yosemite the crowds are almost nonexistent but during the busy times of year the parking lot can fill fast with cars and tour buses.

South Tufa Trail- 1 Mile Loop

Trail Condition:
Like all the trails in and around Yosemite national park the trail is in excellent condition, well signed, and extremely easy to follow.

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Jessie's Thoughts:
Fantastic! This is a must do hike for everyone visiting the Yosemite area. These magnificent formations are interesting to both young kids as well as adults. At the trailhead there are few small walls with information on the area as well as some information plaques along the trail.


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