Lee Vining Creek Delta is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Mono County, California. It is within Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Inyo National Forest. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 6,464 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 38 feet.
Lee Vining Creek Delta Professional Reviews and Guides
"If you wish to see Mono Lake from a new perspective, this is a wonderful little walk, especially when the aspens are colorful or on a winter day when you wish to look down upon Mono Lake from above. This path descends through the sagebrush scrub to the banks of Lee Vining Creek and then follows the creek upstream toward the northern end of Lee Vining. This walk is accessible year-round, excluding particularly snowy winter periods."
--Elizabeth Wenk, 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"Terrific views of Mono Lake and the tufa formations. Created where fresh water enters the alkaline, salty lake through cracks or springs, these formations are slow-growing deposits of calcium carbonate. Since tufa forms only underwater, all exposed tufa was once below lake level."
--Mark Davis, Reanne & Don Douglass, Mountain Biking the Eastern Sierra's Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
"This easy walk boasts beautiful views of Mono Lake, a cold tufa cave you can enter, and a boardwalk leading through wetlands to the shores of Mono Lake. Placards provide background information of the region’s vegetation and human history. This walk is accessible year-round, excluding particularly snowy winter periods."
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