The Dana Meadows approach requires a bit of routefinding. Follow the trail toward Mono Pass for approximately 3.5 miles. In previous years, a well-maintained trail split off, taking you southeast to Parker Pass. The trail is still in good shape, but the sign at the split has been removed, and the trail has deteriorated around the split. Near the 10,200 foot level, pass a cabin skeleton on the right of the trail and continue for less than a half mile. The trail is marked by two small cairns on the right side of the trail. If you can't find the trail, don't worry--just climb the ridge on the south side of the stream. If you go high enough, you should be able to spot the Parker Pass trail easily in the high meadow. From there, the trail to Koip Peak Pass is fairly straightforward. It partially descends Parker Canyon, past some beautiful braided lakes, and then ascends 1000' of switchbacks on the northwest slopes of Parker Peak (12,800').
The sign is back!
Date: Aug 04, 2003 7:31 PM
I hiked through here on July 27, 2003 and the sign marking the Parker Pass junction is back in place. The trail across the meadow just beyond the junction is still a bit indistinct but it's fairly easy to follow.
From the trailhead, the distance to Koip Peak's summit is around 11 miles, for a round trip of 22 miles, with 3500 feet of climbing.
|DMEDTH,||37,53.471,-119,15.749,||9706,||DANA MEADOWS TRAILHEAD|
|STREAM,||37,53.201,-119,15.442,||9601,||STREAM XING: DANA FK TUOLUMNE R.|
|PKRJCT,||37,52.064,-119,14.208,||9968,||JUNCTION: SPILLWAY LK TRAIL|
|2PKRPS,||37,51.437,-119,13.325,||10616,||0.4 MI TO MONOPS: VEER SOUTH|
|2GLACR,||37,50.017,-119,11.895,||10987,||VEER S FOLLOW CRK 4 KOIP GLACIER|
|KOIPPS,||37,48.839,-119,11.570,||12273,||KOIP PEAK PASS|
|SWBAX0,||37,49.314,-119,11.341,||11125,||BEGIN SWITCHBACKS TO KOIPPS|
|KUNASP,||37,50.749,-119,13.089,||10899,||VEER S FOR KUNA W RIDGE APPROACH|
|KUNAPK,||37,48.772,-119,12.494,||12894,||KUNA PEAK SUMMIT|
|KOIPPK,||37,48.813,-119,12.098,||12956,||KOIP PEAK SUMMIT|