Friday's Indian summer was replaced by clear but cold and windy conditions on Sunday. Views were spectacular in every direction, and there was even an island of calm and warmth on the summit's east side. So close to Tioga Road but so far removed from the world.
Quick approach, SO MANY WILDFLOWERS, light crowd, chatted with a friendly marmot on the way down. Will be back.
Finished up a Eastside trip with a walk up this before heading down 120 into the Central Calley
I hiked the "use trail" from Tioga Pass, just beating the afternoon thunderstorm.
Fun half day hike up and down to a great vista over eastern Yosemite and the Mono Lake basin. Thankfully my friend pressured me into going; if I had my way I would've stayed sleeping in the car and missed out on a rewarding summit. Pretty steep trail, but non-technical, will still gas your lungs though.
Skinned fro Tioga Rd before the gate opened. Way more fun than slog walking on dirt. Terrific ski off the summit and down Dana Couloir through Glacier Cyn.
Mono Lake view is mind blowing.
A nice hike in any season providing you have access (seldom true when Tioga Pass is closed). Mind blowing view of Mono Lake!
Wanted to go further into the park, but air quality was bad due to wildfires. 10:30am start time, back to car at 3:30pm. Spent about 30-45 minutes on summit.
We were almost alone on our way from Tioga Pass to the summit of the northernmost 13er of the Sierra. The views from the top on this fabulous autumn day were/are unforgettable.
Took a friend up to Glacier Canyon and over to the Northwest Ridge. Thanks to the record snow pack, there was enough snow to give her a taste of climbing with crampons and ice axe. Saw a couple boarders headed for Dana Coulier. Not bad for mid-July.
Date uncertain. Louis Reichardt and I Drove to Tuolumne Meadows to do some rock and Mountain climbing in the high country. We started from Highway 120 and headed cross country for the summit of Mt. Dana. We continued straight over to the summit of Mt. Gibbs before hiking cross country back to the car. The climbing was uninteresting except for some scree running in descending Mt Gibbs.
Drove up to Tioga Pass from the Bay Area and summited Mt. Dana by about 3PM. Tried to go down the east face towards Mt Gibbs. but ran out of daylight, ended up bushwhacking back to Tioga.
Couple decent sized (but avoidable) snowfields up high, which made for fun on the descent. Very hazy. Still lots of snow on north and east aspects. The glacier lakes are still melting. Saw three snowboarders hiking to Dana couloir... not bad for mid-July!
Climbed Mt. Dana via standard route with my wife and a friend. It was a great hike with great scenery. Mt. Conness looks like an Octopus from this vantage point.
First Dana, then Peak 12,565', then Gibbs.
Hiked this beast with my father and uncle on the way to a family reunion in Big Trees since we were in the neighborhood. Started later than we wanted, but that wasn't a huge issue for this hike, since the altitude staves off the heat; basically, enter via Tioga Pass, then park immediately to your left or right. The TH is on the left side of the street, by a stand of large trees; follow the scenic trail past some beautiful lakes, then, after a bit, it steepens up out of the trees, then through some pretty meadows.Out above timberline it becomes rockier and rockier, but some nice switchbacks make the going still fairly easy, until you come to a nearly flat expanse with a wind shelter, massive cairn, and your first views of the objective since the TH. Views really start to open up here, and the rest of the route--along with beautiful views behind you--are visible from here. Basically follow the use trail as it continues up the side of the mountain, quickly becoming very, very steep and rocky; if you lose your way, just follow the giant cairns up the talus. There was still a bit of snow when we were there, but not much, anyways we at last reached the summit, with spectacular views in all directions: to Lake Mono and the White Mountains in the East, to Mount Warren and company in the North, to Mount Conness and North Peak in the NW, to Tuolumne Meadows in the West, to the Cathedral Range in the SW, and to Mounts Lyell and Maclure and who knows what else to the South. I located 2 USGS BMs on that peak--one looking very battered indeed--then, after a bit, we retraced our route, which is really not very fun, meeting up with our family in the lakes. I highly recommend this peak, for its spectacular views, high elevation, high prominence....the list of accolades to this peak goes on and on. My first CA peak, a very highly recommended--if difficult--mountain.
With J. Nickelsburg. Nice hike.
terrible conditions, still made the summit. great views.
Climbed Saturday with a good buddy and he dominated it and I wasn't far behind. Straight up and not a lot of rest but a quick summit with some bumpy glissading on the way down. Jumped in Tenaya after and then climbed Gold Mind at Ellery Dam crag before a burger at Tioga Pass Lodge. Deadly missile of mountain perfection, a day that will be measured against all others.