Leavitt Meadow to Lane Lake Professional Review and Guide
"The most beautiful scene on the ever-scenic Sonora Pass Road is Leavitt Meadow— spacious, lush, and enfolded in mountains. This leisurely out-and-back hike shadows the old, historic Sonora Pass Route to the shores of two forest-ringed lakes. Descending to Leavitt Meadow, hike southward, following the river upstream while bypassing the network of use-trails and stock paths that split from the main trail. Cattle graze in the pastures, and presently we can see the stables (part of Leavitt Meadow Pack Station) on the edge of the meadow. The spectacular view southward, down Leavitt Meadow to Tower Peak (11, 755 feet), on Yosemite’s northern boundary, is the finest panorama on the entire hike. Fortunately, it stays with us nearly for the next 1. 5 miles, while we trace the meadow’s edge along the base of a sandy ridge, at first on the flats and later climbing to a low contour on the side of the ridge."