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tarolInyo NF links have changed

tarol

Voted 10/10

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo is the correct web address :)
Posted Dec 11, 2006 11:06 pm

DieselMt Dana - short hike

Diesel

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I hiked this on 7/29/2013
The trailhead is located just before the entrance into the Yosemite Park, to the left as one looks at the ticketing boots. There is a parking lot right before the entrance, so there is no fee if the intent is just to hike around that area.
Mt. Dana could be easily seen from this gravel parking lot. The hike itself is only 2.5 miles one way. Keep in mind though that one gains 3,000 ft altitude in these 2.5 miles. Meaning: the hike is steep. The trail is very well defined. The fist part goes through the Mt. Dana meadows and then starts brutally uphill. Once above the tree line, one is a mile into the hike. From here don’t let yourself deceived: the summit one sees is just a ridge and not Mt Dana. Once one reaches this ridge, the real summit appears. Your jaw will drop. From the ridge to the bottom of the final climb is a nice walk, but it will feel very short compare to what is coming. It took me 2:10 minutes to hike. One hiker told me it took him 2 hour to get to the top. The top was very windy and mostly cloudy: I was barely able to see Mono Lake from there. The views toward Yosemite Park are very spectacular. Most of the hikers took between 3 and 4 hours to the top. It all depends on the experience and training. Although this might look like a shot hike, Mt Dana stays at over 13,000 ft. Yes, the altitude will get to you. Be prepared. Good luck.
Posted Aug 7, 2013 5:45 pm

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