OverviewTioga Peak. The peak is of little significance from the north with barely 300' of prominence on it's northeast slope. From the south or west it is another matter. Situated on the edge of Lee Vining Canyon to the south with the west slope rising above Warren Canyon it has good views of the Tioga Pass high country including the Sierra crest. There are jaw dropping views, perhaps the best, of the Mt. Dana massif rising almost 6,000' from Lee Vining Canyon and extensive views down range as far as the Mammoth Lakes peaks. The west slope can be skied or is a class 2 scramble that can be done in a few hours from Warren Canyon and well worth the effort!
From Tioga Pass go northeast 6.7 miles on Hwy. 120 as it winds down to the same trailhead.
From the trailhead scramble northeast up the west slope through brush then sparse forest. The last 1,000' is open terrain to the summit.
The south slope which is steeper and more rugged and possibly class 4 at the top could be scramble from about 8,500' off Hwy 120 6.5 miles west of Hwy. 395.
Tioga Lake: 1.5 miles north of Tioga pass on Hwy. 120 off to the right at 9,600'.
Ellery Lake: 2.5 miles north on Hwy. 120 off to the right at 9,500'.
There is also the Big Bend, Aspen and several other campgrounds in Lee Vining Canyon starting at 2 miles west of the junction of Hwy. 395 on Hwy. 120 off to the left at 7,200'.