Mono Pass Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Mono Pass Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Long Barn, 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 November.

DISTANCE
10.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,653 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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 :)

1 hour ago

I’m a Yosemite junkie. This hike tops many. Banger meadows, views, lakes, rivers, cabins, wild flowers..the list keeps going. Go past the mono pass post and go check sardine lake. So dope! Get some! Cheers from Reno\tahoe

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28 days ago

This was one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever hiked. So beautiful everything in one hike, water, streams, lakes , meadows, peaks , and wild flowers! I would do this again in a heart beat. Go past the mono pass sign a bit not very far and you come around the corner and can see mono lake as well is lower sardine. Take your time because of the elevation but this is a solid moderate hike. The incline is so gradual most of the way it’s the elevation that gets you . But over all hands down best hike I’ve done in the park.

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1 month ago

Great half-day bike from Tioga Road, takes about 2 hours each way. Be sure to go to the end in order to see the view of Mono Lake.

10 months ago

I attempted this trail with my brother a few years ago in late May. I don't recommend trying it for your first time that time if year. thanks to snow covering the trail we spent hours wandering in circles looking for other people's foot prints. we turned around once we realized after many hours we were still about two miles from our final destination, and the frozen snow made it difficult to follow our own tracks home. incredible scenery, but please take caution in the winter/spring/fall. worth noting we didn't see a single other person out there.

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11 months ago

There are lots beautiful flowers in meadows, nice walk

11 months ago

Nice views with varied landscapes. Very windy when you reach the pass.

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11 months ago

Good hike, we added 3.8miles by taking the trail to Parker Pass too.

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

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.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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!!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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 :)
http://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/by/akhilesh/mono-pass/

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Serene trail with relatively low usage and some beautiful vistas. Certainly the most moving hike I took out there.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

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.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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