The Clark Range and Red Peak Pass

Yosemite, California

The Clark Range and Red Peak Pass Professional Review and Guide

"The distinctive, finlike shape of Mount Clark dominates southern Yosemite and is recognizable from high points all over the park. This multiday backpack circumnavigates the mountain, crossing the Clark Range at Red Peak Pass. The scenery is unrivaled in beauty and variety, a treat for the eye and the mind--colorful metamorphic rocks, dozens of lakes and waterfalls, broad vistas of neighboring ranges, and wildflowers galore. It's also less crowded, at least after the first day of hiking, than most other parts of Yosemite. The route described here begins and ends at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, but you can begin and end at any one of several points, including Glacier Point and Mono Meadow. If wilderness permits are not available for one trailhead, you can try another."

The Clark Range and Red Peak Pass Reviews

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This trail is well-marked and a great trip for beginning backpackers. If doing it in the summer, I recommend an early start as there are a couple of steep sections that are in the full sun. There's a great ghost forest that's in the process of recovering from a wildfire -- right now there are many wildflowers growing in the open spaces. Swimming is discouraged in the lake (to protect water quality), but it's a great place to soak your feet after the hike. The best campsites are around the west side of the lake. Several have established fire circles so you can legally have a campfire.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
7,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 to 8 days
July through Sept
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Half Dome, Merced Peak, and Mount Lyell quads
Local Maps

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Jun 2018