Sunday, July 1, 2012

Mono Pass- Yosemite

June 21, 2012

Location in Park:
Highway 120 near Yosemite's eastern entrance at Tioga Pass

Driving Directions:
From the Tioga pass entrance, drive west just over a mile to the trailhead, which is on the south side of the road. Look for signs.

From Yosemite Valley, head north on highway 120 for 10 miles to the Tioga Road junction at Crane Flat. Turn onto Tioga Road and drive 46 miles to the trailhead. Look for signs.

Parking/ Entrance Fee:
There is no fee to park at or near the trailhead, however there is an entrance fee to get into the park itself. Admission Fees.

Sunrise to Sunset- If you are planning to rely on the free shuttle buses to get around the Valley please take a look at their website for more information on times and locations. Click Here


High elevation is the main concern for hikers from low elevation areas. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks to help deal with elevation sickness.

Trailhead- 9,700ft.
Mono Pass- 10,599ft.
Total Gain- 900ft.

June through November- Due to the high elevation the trail can be obscured by snow early and late in the season, and early in the summer a few creeks along the trail might be tricky to cross without getting your feet wet. Road opening and closing dates

Mono Pass Trail- 7.8 Miles RT

Trail Condition:
The trail is well maintained, easy to follow, and signs mark each trail junction. The hike itself is an easy one, only gaining 900 feet in 3.9 miles but make sure to bring plenty of water and trail snacks to help with altitude sickness. Click Here for more information on altitude sickness.

Trail Directions:
From the parking lot take the dirt trail leading away from the road. The trail is well maintained and extremely easy to follow. Eventually the trail will hit a junction with a trail leading off in another direction. Continue to follow the Mono Pass Trail as it heads deeper into the park. Soon the trail will leave the cover of trees and open up to reveal a stunningly beautiful meadow. The trail follows along one side of the meadow till the trail hits a small lake with a sign for Mono Pass, if this is your final destination, take a dip or just sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery. To see views of both Sardine and Mono Lakes continue along the trail past the lake a very short distance to an overlook.
To visit the cabins head back down the trail a short way to a small trail leading off across the meadow. The trail ends at three old cabins. Visitors are encouraged not to take or destroy any part of these extremely old cabins so future hikers may enjoy them.

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Jessie's Thoughts:
AMAZING HIKE! After a hike like this one,  wondering through the forest, across meadows, and viewing old cabins, a nice refreshing dip in one of the lakes was a must! This hike, along with 20 Lakes Basin Loop has to be my two favorite hikes in the Yosemite area. I strongly encourage everyone to spend a day on the Mono Pass Trail you won't regret it!


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