Gaylor Lakes and Tioga Spur (right) from the north
"Tioga Spur" is a small unnamed peak slightly less than a mile west of Gaylor Peak
in the Tioga Pass area of the Yosemite high country. Unlike Gaylor Peak which is composed of metamorphic rock the Spur is an extension of the typical granite that makes up most of the peaks along the northern Yosemite Sierra crest. This peak stands out as a simple pyramid from most angles even though it has only 230' of prominence to the northwest where if connects with the main crest. It sits across from the picturesque Gaylor Lakes and makes for an easy half day class 2 scramble with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. The views from this very accessible peak rival if not exceed those that it's popular neighbor Gaylor Peak are known for.
Southwest pano from Tioga Spur
From Hwy. 395 go west 12 miles on Hwy. 120 as it winds up to Tioga Pass. At the pass take the Gaylor Lakes Trail to the west as it climbs up to the saddle south of Gaylor Peak and drops down to the first lake at .75 miles. Tioga Spur is obvious a half mile to the west. Stroll across this beautiful area of streams and lakelets and take the class 2 south or east slope to the summit.
Cathedral Range from Gaylor Lakes
If you approach from within Yosemite National Park
there is a 20 dollar fee per vehicle good for 7 days. If you come from the the east you can park just before Tioga Pass and avoid paying the park fee. There are no permits required for day hiking.
For camping permits within Yosemite National Park click here
Southeast from Tioga Spur
Campgrounds in the area are:
, 1.5 miles north of Tioga Pass on the east side of Hwy. 120 at 9,600'
, 2.3 miles north of Tioga Pass on the east side of Hwy. 120 at 9,500'
The northwest junction of Hwy. 120 and the Saddlebag Lake Road
, 1.8 miles north on the Saddlebag Lake Road at 9,750'
, at the south end of the lake above the fishing store and parking lot at 10,000'
There are also the Big Bend, Aspen
and several other campgrounds in Lee Vining Canyon starting at 2 miles in from 395 off of Hwy. 120 to the left at 7,200'.
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