Mono Pass Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Long Barn, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.
Directions from Tioga Pass: Travel one and a half miles westward along Tioga Road to the parking area for the Mono Trail. Parking is available on the southern side of the highway.
One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done! Definitely not as popular as other trails in Yosemite and I hope it stays that way. Tons of scenery, however there was a ton of mosquitoes though (I went last week of June). Not that difficult for an experienced hiker however the elevation may get you. There was also a thunder storm but that is to be expected considering the elevation and the fact it is the sierras. Started at 7 finished around 12 (including the breaks we took for photos), may take longer for a beginner. Definitely recommend though.
This hike is not one of the most popular trails but perhaps should be. You will not see as many people as you would with the more popular Yosemite hikes like Yosemite falls or Cathedral lakes. Maybe a few backpackers, a few day hikers, and you and the trail. The route is mostly forested with the occasional meadow until nearly the end. The end itself, doesn't need to be. There is another pass and countless places to go nearby, as well as Bloody canyon, which would take you all the way back down to the Lee Vining and Mono lake area. The lakes near the pass are beautiful and quiet. There are a few old cabins in various states of condition, some having collapsed years ago, and others remaining somewhat. Please preserve them for others later. Really, this is a nice day hike, and the opportunity to do more is all up to you.
This is an amazing trail. About five miles in, there are the ruins of silver miners' cabins. Expansive beautiful meadows and great views. Few folks were out here in late August.
Overnighted it couple summers ago with my first YCC crew. beutiful as heck!!! Got stormed out but the lightning and storm hitting the ridge line only added to the effect!!
This is an amazing intermediate trek to mono pass. Camping at upper sardine lake. Very beautiful view of mono lake and a wonderful sun rise :)
Serene trail with relatively low usage and some beautiful vistas. Certainly the most moving hike I took out there.
Nice hike; lots of other reviews on the web. Parking lot may fill early so beware. Hike is about 8.5 miles, with approx 1250' elevation gain. Nowhere near Long Barn; nearest town is Lee Vining. Here's the tip: keep walking past the summit. You'll walk for a short while and you'll see the valley below and start descending. Don't descend more than a few feet; go off trail to the right and you see Upper Sardine Lake below you. There's no trail to the best overlook; you'll just have to pick your way but it's worth it. Link below. Also, unless it's been really dry; bring along bug spray for the middle part of the hike.