Silver Divide Loop Trail

Mono Hot Springs, California 93642

Silver Divide Loop Trail

Silver Divide Loop Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Six beautiful lakes, two passes (both near 11,000 feet in elevation), and flower-covered meadows make this loop one of the best hikes in the area. Part of this loop follows the route of the combined John Muir Trail/Pacific Crest Trail (JMT/PCT), which is well maintained and easy to follow even in early season. However, the Goodale Pass Trail, the return leg of the loop, is designed for stock rather than human use and requires several difficult fords of Cold Creek, making late season the best time for the complete loop."

Silver Divide Loop Trail Trip Reports

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I actually didn't do this exact loop. I went to the graveyard meadows and of what i believe is called silver fox pass just north of the biggest Graveyard lake. The pass is tough on the way up and even tougher on the way down. Plan to take your time. The way down is lots of scree and big boulders on a steep slope, but its doable. Peter Pande is freaking awesome. The water is relativity warm and if you have layover days you can visit the surrounding lakes which are also beautiful. Lake of the Lone Indian is also amazing because you can see the Silver Divide. We then went to Mott lake via Silver Pass, which is not that hard of a pass, and most of the day was easy. Mott lake is really nice with plenty of campsites. It seemed to get a lot of use because its only a day from Vermilion. In fact we say some day hikers up there.

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Trail Information

Mono Hot Springs
Nearby City
4,527 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3–4 days
August through September
7,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,970 feet
Top Elevation
John Muir Wilderness; Pine Ridge Ranger Station and High Sierra Station
Local Contacts
USFS John Muir Wilderness (North Section); USGS Sharktooth Peak and Graveyard Peak
Local Maps