hiked NW slope from tioga pass..pleasant hike and fulfillment of my desire to see mono lake from summit!
First peak bagged after moving to Bishop. Looped with Mt. Gibb
A great solo with awesome ice. not too steep.
Mt Dana was the first 13,000 peak I ever climbed. I had spent the night at one of the campgrounds below the pass and it was a lovely day. I remember when I returned to my truck I felt it shaking a little bit. I thought it strange that it would shake when there was no wind. When I returned to Bishop where I spent the night, all TV channels were full of coverage of the bay area earthquake. I had actually felt it near the summit of Tioga Pass, it was humbling to think of just how much power a quake has, pretty incredible.
Nice morning hike and glissade down on the left-over spring snow.
I've done the trail a few times now and absolutely love it. The wildflowers, the marmots, looking down at the glacial lakes in Dana Canyon. I love the high country.
Left car at 6:30am, summit at 8:15am. Strong, icy winds and intermittent snow. Glad to get back to the car!
Skinned the Northwest slopes to summit in 2005 and skied ascent route. Then May 2009, skied Solstice Couloir.
Second time up, standard trail this time.
Skied Dana Couloir May 2005
Skied Solstice Couloir June 2006
Snowboarded Solstice Couloir May 2009
Great summit view!
Departed South Shore Lake Tahoe at 7am and drove to Tioga pass. Parked outside Yosemite entrance and was climbing before 10am. Climb was exactly what I expected. Perfect for testing my ability to handle altitude (over 13k feet) while testing recently damaged knee. Not the most scenic hike I have made but well worth the time.
Yes, it's true he got down on one knee right here.... at the top of this peak!!! The stars aligned for us... thank goodness for no altitude sickness. Though sometimes I wonder about that, perhaps it was the altitude sickness that made me say yes....lol. I remember being in 7th heaven & completely surprised that day!!! He couldn't have picked a better place!!!
We stayed at Tioga Campground so we got an early start. Glad the snow was mostly gone.
It was a very enjoyable hike, even though the cold air and some headache made it a little more difficult. Very soon after the treeline ended the alpine views were stunning.
despite my partner's AMS causing dry heaves from the descent all the way back to TM campground (and not stopping until we got back to 4000 ft outside the park), great success! taught us the value of acclimation before our bid for Shasta... glad we did this rather than Lassen as a warm-up! note to self: traveling from sea-level to 13,000 ft in 18 hrs does not treat some people well =/
Started at 430 am. Well worn trail up to plateau then fairly easy to follow use trail to summit. Large snowfields made descent easier. Observed mountain finches on the snow gleaning frozen insects carried up by the high winds.
Day hiked up the use trail many times. Also climbed the couloir.
I left San Francisco at 4 a.m. and hiking up from the Tioga Pass Kiosk I summited at 11:30 a.m. before heading over to Gibbs.
Skied the Dana Couloir
Good times...1st Sierra snow climb. Looking forward to a return trip with skies.