A group of friends and I hiked up Dana one night after work to watch the moonrise. We had only been on top for 5 minutes or so when the biggest moon I've ever seen popped out over Mono Lake and the Craters. Up there with the most breathtaking things I've ever seen, for sure. The walk-off was mellow with a headlamp and a little moonlight.
2 feet of new snow made it tiring, but fresh.
Really nice day hike. Mono Lake from the summit was awsome. The register on the summit had some really moving entries in it.
One of my first Sierra summit's. It just seems like yesterday though it has been more than 20 years ago.
"ROCK N ROLL SUMMIT"
Had a day off mid-week and went for it. Huffed and puffed due to sea-level lungs.
This was such a fun little hike, with really awesome views. We even got to glissade a bit on the way down - sometimes it wasn't steep enough though, so we had to take a running start :)
I 've climbed Dana many times. Just a great peak and fantasic views.
5th time climbing this peak. great to use as a morning
workout. killer views
august 2005....third pillar... INCREDIBLE.. thanks tom grundy for the lead....
On September 25th, 2004, Penelope May and I climbed the Dana Couloir from our campsite on the right side (looking up) of the sickle shaped lake just below Dana Lake. The couloir was in perfect conditions with rock hard water ice in the center and good alpine ice on both sides. At the top of the gully we turned left, and traversed the ridge back to Dana Plateau. There we droped down the steep scree slope back to our tent.
Gorgeous views, and if you start early enough you miss the crowds.
Eric J Lee
An easy, direct hike and plenty of beautiful wildflowers on the lower slope.
When I stayed at the Tioga Lodge in the winter I snowshoed most of the peak from the pass and carefully hiked over snow and ice to the summit.
Great Booty today! Did this climb as a prelude to a longer hike into Conness the following day.
I did this as a "cool-down" hike after Connes the previous day. Very nice views from the top - Mono Lake, Conness, Lyell...
Quick morning hike on way back from Whitney region. Nice views down to Mono Lake and into Yosemite high country.
We got stuck behind 2 other teams and froze. Man it was cold!!!!!!!!
John, Michael, Martyn and Elizabeth Gross along with Sally Yates. We summitted just prior to a snowy thunderstorm. GRrrreat views from the top. The route is difficult at times to keep track of because of talus and scree intermixed with snow. Dana Meadows is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
After attempting Mt. Starr King the day before Chris Brand and I decided to climb Mt. Dana. Since our camp site was outside the park on the west side we did not reach the trailhead until 9 am. A pefect day saw us on the summit by 1:15 pm. We saw fellow SPer "Diggler" as well as an entire family (all four of them more athletic than us). Several marmonts kept us company while we tried to catch a quick nap. Trail was faint but fairly easy to follow. Once we had reached the plateau we made for the ridge and then followed it to the summit. I glissaded down a large snowfield above the plateau. AWESOME! According to Chris, while I was whooping and hollering as I flew down the slope, a party still climbling up the ridge stopped and cheered me on. I managed to stop before the rocks and saved myself 20 minutes of climbing down over rocks.
Drove up on the day (or day after) the Tioga road was opened. Started out at the parking lot at Dana Meadows (Mono Pass Trailhead) and followed the Dana Fork until about about a mile SW of the summit. From here I headed North to meet up with the common route West of the summit. Couldn't locate a summit register. Descended to the flat area SE of the summit and then followed the Dana Fork back to the parking lot. Views of the surrounding snow covered mountains were spectacular.
After tweaking my finger in the gym, the weekend’s rock-climbing plans had to be scrapped & replaced by a worthy hike. This mountain having defeated John & me in July of 2002 (we successfully climbed the Dana Couloir in ice conditions, but got to the top of the climb at 21.00, subsequently deciding to traverse around the side of the mountain instead of summiting then going down- bad idea!!), I thought this would be a good time to strike back. That it would be Lara’s first hike above 13k’ was also a good reason.
After hanging out at Mono Lake the day before & camping at the Tuolumne Meadows campground (Mosquito City!!), we got a late start of 10.10 from Tioga Pass. Made decent time, however, & soon picked up the trail. Seeing storm clouds building but reluctant to turn around, I stashed my poles, ice tool & axe [brought both along so Lara would have an axe, too, in case we needed them] about 1,000 ft from the top, decreasing my resemblance to a lightning rod. I summited at 13.33. Hung out with various creatures & individuals up there, including Jonathan & friend from SP, an extreme fitness family from Marin, a Japanese smoker, a cute little bird, & multiple large, hungry marmots. After admiring the incredible scenery (how often can one see Mono Lake, Mt. Lyell, Mt. Conness, Cathedral Peak, Tuolumne Meadows, & Mt. Ritter at the same time??!!), cracking a brew, & eating a fake salami sandwich, we headed down at 14.20 to get away from the still-building thunderclouds. The Dana Couloir, I noticed, was frustratingly close!
Going down, there were still those coming up who seemed to be oblivious to the increasingly hostile-looking clouds & the fact that they were going to the top of the highest point around. After awhile on the descent, heard thunder in the distance. Getting below treeline, was relieved & more able to enjoy the fantastic surroundings. Stopped at one point to listen to the thunder & birds, before reaching unescapeable civilization again at Tioga Pass. Reminded me of summer days in the Colorado Rockies… nice. Got back to the car at 16.36, I think. Wonderful day, hike, & views in the Yosemite Sierra.
7.4.'8: nice Independence Day hike with Stephany (her first big mountain!), from Tioga Pass. Beautiful day & views.