Mount Lyell East Arete

Yosemite National Park, California

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The highest peak in Yosemite National Park. Mount Lyell dominates the Tuolumne high country. With its summit spire extending out of the glacier, it would be a desirable peak anywhere. Add its serene, remote location, and it becomes a sought-after and rewarding adventure. Mount Lyell is a massive peak surrounded by snow and glaciers, rising beside its impressive neighbor, Mount Maclure. This is a long hike, so plan accordingly. Most parties will bivouac along the way and do this climb in two or even three days from the trailhead (though it is often done in one long day).

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"The highest peak in Yosemite National Park. Mount Lyell dominates the Tuolumne high country. With its summit spire extending out of the glacier, it would be a desirable peak anywhere. Add its serene, remote location, and it becomes a sought-after and rewarding adventure. Mount Lyell is a massive peak surrounded by snow and glaciers, rising beside its impressive neighbor, Mount Maclure. This is a long hike, so plan accordingly. Most parties will bivouac along the way and do this climb in two or even three days from the trailhead (though it is often done in one long day)."

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Yosemite National Park
Distance: 24
Elevation Gain: 4,364 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Class: Class 3
Season: Best June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 8,750 feet
Top Elevation: 13,114 feet
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park
Local Maps: Northern California Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Mount Lyell
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Lyell (East Arete)

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May 2018