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.
Still lots of snow in Yosemite! A very accessible 13'er from Tioga Pass, though not a huge fan of the trail.
Route Climbed: Dana Couloir Date Climbed: 7/9/2005 Sucess!
Climbed with balajisv. Bergschrund is just opening, about 10 ft. long. We brought rope and pro but didn't need it as there wasn't any ice exposed in the gully.
Route Climbed: Glacier Canyon/North Face Date Climbed: 2003? Sucess!
Climbed with Anna on her quest to conquer Dana. We decided to not be a tourist and do a variation starting in Glacier Canyon. We descended the normal route.
Late start after driving up from LA. Warm and sunny day with soft snow conditions. Postholing knee to hip deep so we tried to keep to the rocks.
One of my favorite peaks. Climbed it probably 4 or 5 times now.
Traversed to Gibbs afterward.
I have climbed this mountain twice...once with a climbing partner and once with my husband in May 2012 in preparation for Mount Shasta (testing elevation)
Each time it was incredibly rough...short hike with elevation gains to take your breath away. It stands as my favorite mountain to date.
Views hiking up the mountain is not that spectacular, but my jaw dropped once I was at the peak with the view of Mono lake.
As part of a solo throughike of the Tuolomne region, I stopped here for a farewell hike before leaving. I recommend picking up a hot cuppa joe at the Saddlebag Lake lodge. If you can enter fast enoughit will till be hot for most of your hike up. The route is pretty obvious and its a lovel walk up the back and then presto the view from the peak sweeps out before you.
All I can remember about this mountain is the view of the Mono Lake and the rocky top. Done in 2005 or 2006
I hiked Mt Dana to acclimatize for my Mt Whitney hike. Very nice and accessible hike. I wish I had the time to travers to Mt Gibbs, but I didn't. 3 miles to summit, 5 hours roundtrip.
As everyone else says, this is a huge pile of talus. Mostly challenging (for beginners/out-of-shape folks) from cardio perspective, thus making it good warmup/acclimation hike.
Headed west over meadows to Tioga pass, then took the trail to the top, aiming for the rock cairns. Amazing view from the top over Tuolumne across the San Joaquin valley to the coast range / Mt Diablo. Could almost see the Pacific.
Date approximate, definitely summer of '91. After all these years, this is still the tallest mountain whose summit I've reached (not counting the drive to Mount Evans!). Hoping to rectify that this year, but I still have very fond memories of the hike to Mount Dana.