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Mount Dana Trail, CA

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CA > Sierra Nevada
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 10,673 feet
Elevation Gain 3,117 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,142 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 6
Kokopelli Seeds 21.21
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Perennial Creek & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author trekkin_gecko
author avatar Guides 5
Routes 340
Photos 4,078
Trips 2,583 map ( 16,761 miles )
Age 61 Female Gender
Location phoenix, az
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep
Seasons   Summer to Autumn
Sun  5:40am - 6:04pm
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by trekkin_gecko

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Mount Dana is the second highest peak in Yosemite National Park at 13,057 feet. The highest is Mount Lyell at 13,120, but that peak requires a technical climb to summit. A well worn and distinct use trail goes from the Tioga Pass entrance station to the visible peak. The trail begins at a large tree that the ranger pointed out to us. It's a straightforward hike with no false summits.

The first half mile or so ascends gradually along the edge of Dana meadow between some of the Dana lakes. The grade becomes steeper with very tight switchbacks as you climb above tree line. The terrain is a mix of dirt, scree and boulders, but the footing is generally good. There are very few route finding issues, especially on the descent. About halfway up, there is a bench with an easier grade for several hundred yards, offering a chance to catch a breath. There are a few large cairns. The final mile or so is a mix of talus, scree and larger boulders. With a 3,000 foot gain over essentially two and a half miles, it's a worthy peak.

The summit area is small and has a benchmark and a register. The register is a PVC pipe full of crumbling paper; not worth trying to sign. Views are wonderful, especially of Mono Lake, 5500 feet below. Immediately to the east is the head of glacier canyon, which looks like a volcano crater. Many high sierra peaks are visible, as are numerous lakes surrounding Tioga Pass.

This peak does get some traffic, at least enough to maintain the unofficial trail. We saw half a dozen people on a Friday afternoon. The only wildlife we saw was a big fat marmot.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2017-09-13 trekkin_gecko
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Mount Dana Trail
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yosemite national park has been high on my bucket list forever
denny proposed it for this year's trip and i was in
we had to carry on without johnlp, who is on the disabled list :(
left friday at 0200, taking the route through las vegas this time
we wanted to do something upon arrival, and denny asked if i thought it was crazy to hike mount dana
mt. dana is the second highest peak in yosemite at 13,057
this would be my second 13er
we set out from the tioga pass entry station at 1330 on an unofficial but well defined trail
the first half mile or so is relatively flat, winding through scenic dana lakes
the trail begins to gain elevation and we were soon above treeline
the rest of the hike is exposed, but we had light cloud buildup and cool temps for the ascent
one short snow field to cross
some of the info we found described the final push as scree covered, but it wasn't bad at all
footing was good the entire way, and only a couple spots where we had to search for the trail
no false summit; we could see the peak most of the way
topped out to wonderful 360 views, including all of mono lake to the east
spent about 15 minutes on the peak
a little chilly with a good breeze, so we headed back down
maybe 6-8 people on the trail total
a great summit and an excellent way to start our yosemite trip
not crazy at all :)

Permit $$

Yosemite National Park
Entrance Fees
Wilderness Permit
Half Dome Permit - Currently required 7 days a week. Check the link for the most up to date information.

2014 - 300 permits issued daily, 225 for dayhikers.
2013 - 400 permits issued daily, 300 for dayhikers.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
Use Gaylor Lakes trailhead adjacent to the Tioga Pass entrance station.
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