Mono Pass - Hike and Swim near Yosemite Valley, CA
Yosemite National Park, California, USA,Yosemite Valley,California
37.8909644523991, -119.2625813503646
20.7 miles NE of Yosemite Valley, CA
Address: Yosemite National Park, California, USA
GPS: 37°53'27.5"N 119°15'45.3"W
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State: California
Trail Length: 8.00 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation Gain: 1000 feet

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At an elevation of 10,600 feet, the hike through Mono Pass is an 8 mile journey that takes you across the High Sierras, through several meadows, and stops at a few different lakes along the way.

The first part of the trail guides hikers through the streams and meadows of the High Sierras. Once it hits the Spillway Lake Junction, the trail starts to get a little bit more strenuous. The scenery begins to change as well. The closer the trail climbs towards Bloody Canyon, the more rocky and barren the landscape becomes. The latter half of the hike offers views of the majority of Mono Valley, including Mono Lake and, if you're up for a little more traveling, Upper Sardine Lake as well.

While the pass is already at a significantly high elevation, there is still a 1000 foot elevation gain on the hike, so be prepared to notice a loss of oxygen and bring any headache remedies you may need, especially if you're coming into Yosemite at sea level.

Mono Pass is open as long as Tioga Road is open, which is typically June to November, but because of the elevation, it's not uncommon for snow to obstruct several of the viewpoints if you are there too early in the season.

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Directions

From Yosemite Valley, CA

  1. Head southwest on Northside Dr toward Cook's Meadow Loop
    Toll road
    (2.9 mi)
  2. Keep right to stay on Northside Dr
    Toll road
    (2.1 mi)
  3. Continue onto El Portal Rd
    Toll road
    (0.9 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Big Oak Flat Road (signs for CA-120/Tioga Rd/Manteca)
    Toll road
    (9.5 mi)
  5. Continue onto Old Yosemite Coulterville Rd
    Toll road
    (344 ft)
  6. Turn right onto CA-120 E
    Toll road
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (45.1 mi)
  7. Turn right
    Toll road
    Destination will be on the right
    (115 ft)
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Trails

Distance ?

4.0 miles

Elevation Gain ?

900 feet

Real Ascent ?

1,070 feet

Real Descent ?

170 feet

Avg Grade (2°)

4%

Grade (-6° to 12°)

-10% to 21%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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