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Mount Conness is a 7.4 mile out and back trail located near Lee Vining, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and bird watching and is best used from June until September.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 3,080 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Rock climbing Bird watching Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No dogs
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A classic Yosemite peak, highest in the Sierra north of Highway 120 and holding the second largest glacier in Yosemite. This route starts from the Sawmill walk-in campground. If you walk through the campground you'll eventually find yourself of a well-worn single track trail. It passes the Carnegie Institute Experimental Station and continues through beautiful high alpine meadows. As you hike higher up the drainage the trail fades away as people disperse to the different routes up the face of Conness. You will eventually find a 'ramp' that leads you to the pass. Towards the top there are several likely looking chutes for the final 100 feet or so to the ridge. From here the hike is quite easy, following a use trail along the ridge to gain another 1,000 feet until it gets to the foot of the exposed ridge that leads the final 200 feet to the summit.

In perfect conditions, no special equipment beyond traditional mountain day-hiking essentials is required for this peak. When there is snow in the ascent route chute between Conness and White an ice axe and crampons may be required (along with the necessary skills to use them). Access to this peak in traditional summer climbing conditions is limited to a couple of months a year. Prime climbing will be in July through September of most years. There are many routes up Conness varying from relatively straightforward class 2 all the way up to class 5. A few words on the ridge that leads to the last 200 feet of the summit: this is the crux of the climb because of the exposure. The rock is sturdy and hand/foot holds are clear. It's a bit scrambly but for the most part it's simple one-foot-in-front-of-another terrain. However, if you are not comfortable with exposure you may have problems with this section. Your ability to pass this section really depends on your skills and comfort level.

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craig bouchie
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Landon Mott
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Great hike with solid class 3 mountaineering. Fantastic views from summit.

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Kamrun Ahmadi
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WARNING THIS IS NOT A TRAIL. Do you enjoy endless false summits, creating your own path, and class 2/3 scrambles? This is for you. Views from the top are breathtaking!

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Amin Adalatkhah
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trailRocky

Be careful! It is very easy to get lost while descending the peak. Very exciting and beautiful mountain. I really enjoyed the hiking. Thanks to my friend Shayan. Don’t use my recording since I was exploring the region.

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Sarah Gerweck
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Zee Chunawala
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HikingGreat!Off trailOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

Really amazing views from the top--could see 40 miles out in most directions. Trail is non-existent around 2 miles in. Very steep uphill with many Class 2 and some Class 3 scrambling sections. Logged 9 miles total. Bring jacket because it gets very windy. Didn't really follow the exact trail-route proposed on AllTrails.

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Callie Amanda
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

The trail is unmarked and hard to see. We ended up scrambling through some sketchy terrain. Views are amazing if you make it. Not for faint of heart. Lots of climbing over boulders and granite slabs.

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Jon TenBrock
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HikingOff trailScramble
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Jose Duarte
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HikingOff trailRocky

Went off trail due to snow. Ended up near White Mountain instead of Alpine lake. Decided to do White Mountain then made it up to Conness awesome hike!!

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Jim Spinetta
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

First two miles easy. Then mega mainly unmarked scramble. Could only make it up to about 12,000 feet due to snow. Beautiful, this one will whoop ya

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Mecia Serafino
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HikingMuddyNo shadeScrambleSnow
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