Mono Pass from Mosquito Flat Trailhead

MODERATE 11 reviews

Mono Pass from Mosquito Flat Trailhead is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bishop, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2342 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A nice hike from the Sierra's highest trailhead A hike to a 12,000 foot high Sierra pass, covering the gamut from lush green meadows to pristine blue lakes, from calming babbling creeks to dry, desolate moonscapes. Mono Pass is a moderate hike at high elevation, with some of the prettiest scenery in the Sierra. Gaining about 2,000 feet in just over 4 miles, the trail is not terribly difficult (unless you consider you are going from 10,000 to 12,000 feet!). Overall, the trail is mostly good quality, with only a few loose rocky sections. The grade is never too steep, except for the final kick to Mono Pass, which probably feels harder because of the altitude. The trail starts at Mosquito Flat, the highest designated trailhead in the Sierra, accessible by car. It is a very popular hiker and fisherman starting point, and is usually a crowded place. From the start, the grade is around 7% for first 1.8 miles, before kicking up to over 12% at the start of the switchbacks (near Ruby Lake), for about 1.4 miles. The total distance to Mono Pass from the trailhead is about 3.3 miles. From there, a flat walk across the sand gets you to Summit Lake. The trail continues beyond the lake, but is usually reserved for backpackers continuing on into the wilderness.

hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

One of the best hikes I've ever done in my life and I've done quite a few. I hiked past Mono Pass a good bit and you get incredible views of the Sierra backcountry...just breathtaking. Plus the views on the actual main route are just unbelievable. You can also summit Mount Starr from Mono Pass if you want, but I will have to return to do that one.

There was still a good bit of snow on the route but it was hard packed and fairly safe, although wearing microspikes or similar is advised. Although I do that anyway on these trails with a lot of loose rock and gravel.

backpacking
3 months ago

This place is always a good choice; however, be cautious if you don't have proper snow/ice gear or training. We attempted the pass yesterday - in the heat of July - and there was still so much snow on the trail that we had to turn back to avoid slipping down the higher cliffs and getting injured. Take a look at our photo to see Ruby Lake almost entirely covered in ice.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked up to Ruby lake yesterday, this is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Ruby lake 99% covered in ice and snow right now in July. Had to leave the mountains to drive home, so didn't have enough time to go up Mono Pass. Lots of snow covering the trail as you approach Ruby Lake. Some hikers slapped on the crampons.
Trail is not strenuous if you're in decent shape, but you will feel the elevation above 11000'. Almost got eaten alive by mosquitos first half of the climb. They were literally swarming like bees lol. Bring bug spray for early summer.

hiking
3 months ago

Very challenging with gorgeous views.

8 months ago

I have backpacked this trail twice now going all the way to Pioneer basin. you will see at least 5-6 lakes Ruby,summit,golden,4th recesse and the pioneer basin lakes. you can hike and meet up with the JMT and go to Yosemite or Mount Whitney.
I highly recommend this trail.
good fishing at all lakes.

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A fantastic trail to experience the high Sierra's. I personally chose this trail for the high altitude training for peaks like Mt. Whitney. The trail isn't too terribly difficult due to its relatively short length. Summit Lake is so incredibly crystal clear at the top and really refreshing after a long hike! Personally I continued a little past the lake and went to the ridge on the left of the trail to overlook some of the most fantastic scenery I have ever seen for lunch. Overall a fantastic trail with some of the best scenery I have ever seen.