Climbed Dana couloir from Tioga Lake. Pascal, Giona and Yves-Alain.
Dana couloir is in perfect condition: hard snow, no ice. Thin layer of fresh snow.
Lack of snow just beneath Dana lake.
We also skied Ellery bowl. Snow in Ellery bowl is wet but skiing it is ok. Cornice is large on the west side. East side is without cornice.
Did this hike/climb as a day trip from/to Tioga Pass entrance station (Yosemite NP). Round-trip took about 6 hours, or so. Views from the top were very nice; could see all the major peaks on east side of Yosemite NP, and Mono Lake really well. Nice little day trip!
Have climbed this peak five times. Great views from the summit.
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Well, what to say, either very exciting or very boring depending on how much snow and ice you've climbed. Didn't go over summit, descended next valley over, which puts you about 4 miles back over in toulomne, a long walk back to tioga lake, go over the summit!!!!
From the trailhead at the entrance station, up to Mt. Dana, down the southeast side (unexpected snowfield there!), up Mt. Gibbs, then down to Parker Pass and out along the trail. Excellent half-day adventure. Trip Report
I had intended to take the standard use trail up the West Slope, however, I had mistakenly thought this started from Tioga Lake instead of the entrance station. After realizing my mistake, I decided to head up the Glacier Canyon Trail anyway and was lucky enough to find an easy class 2 variation to the summit. The meadow just below Dana Lake and the hike up Glacier Canyon are a great alternative to the standard use trail. The view from the summit was also great.
Also unsuccessful attempt on Dana Couloir on June 24, 2001 with Dennis and Lon due to hard ice and having only 1 axe. Tim, also with us, made it up with 2 axes and front pointing in the couloir. Tim came down the Glacier Canyon route.