Mount Lyell

Lee Vining, California

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Mount Lyell is the highest peak in Yosemite National Park, and its glacier is the second largest in the Sierra Nevada. This peak is frequently climbed in the summer but seldom visited in the winter. This is an ideal late winter/early spring backcountry tour and summit descent for those willing to spend a little extra effort to ski into this splendid high alpine region. The views from the summit are outstanding.
50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California

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50 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Summits in California

by Paul Richins (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Lyell is the highest peak in Yosemite National Park, and its glacier is the second largest in the Sierra Nevada. This peak is frequently climbed in the summer but seldom visited in the winter. This is an ideal late winter/early spring backcountry tour and summit descent for those willing to spend a little extra effort to ski into this splendid high alpine region. The views from the summit are outstanding.

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Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Lee Vining
Distance: 24
Elevation Gain: 6,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 days
Season: Best February through early May
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 13,114 feet
Local Maps: USGS June Lake, Koip Peak, Mount Ritter, Vogelsang Peak, Mount Lyell
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Lyell

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May 2018