Mono Pass Trail

Lundy, California 93292

Mono Pass Trail

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"The trail to Mono Pass offers a remarkably easy entry into the starkly beautiful world of the High Sierra. Meadows, lakes, long-abandoned miners’ cabins, and panoramic views attract crowds of visitors. Hikers seeking solitude are advised to go elsewhere."

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Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"Mono Pass was a major trade route across the Sierra between the Miwok people on the west side and the Piutes on the east. It was also the site of the Golden Crown Mine active in the early 1880s. Some of the structures built during that time are still standing. The setting is incomparable: a beautiful meadow at the eastern crest of the Sierra containing lakes of the most vivid blue ringed by the warm-red rocks of Mount Lewis and Mount Gibbs."
50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press)
Elizabeth Wenk
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"The hike to Mono Pass is a destination hike. The walk is enjoyable and pleasantly easy, while the subalpine scenery surrounding Mono Pass and the Golden Crown and Ella Bloss mines is simply spectacular. The weathered orange timbers of the mining cabins, the red walls at the head of Bloody Canyon, and the large meadows create a landscape of vibrant colors."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
902 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
Mid-July through September
9,697 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,599 feet
Top Elevation
Yosemite National Park; Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center
Local Contacts
USGS Tioga Pass and Koip Peak
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