Explore the most popular forest trails near Lundy with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

Beautiful moderate hike from start to finish.

Great hike with views all the way around, actually went halfway to mono pass then came back and went to spillway with ease. Overall the hike to Spillway is very easy with minimal elevation gain and plenty of water. Just be wary in early summer as some of the trails turn into a bog so wear boots!

Hiked this route during the Fourth of July week, 2016. Temps were ideal. I saw large trout in the river, so fishing was probably great but I didn't try. Stayed in Glen Aulin, the first night, which had bathrooms and buildings for guests, but wished in the morning that I had kept going, just a little bit further, down the river because there was a very nice, flat area for many campsites, just around the corner, which we're close to the river. Going down, into the Canyon before Glen Aulin and coming back up, out of the Canyon, before White Wolf, were the toughest points, by memory, though there was another difficult stretch, midway. Much of the time is spent close to the river but without a view. No bear problems, like I've had in other parts of Yosemite, though I used a bear cylinder, unlike when I used to tie food bags in a tree, years gone by, before there were bear cylinders. Barely any mosquitoes. Nice people. Hitchhiked a ride back to Tuolumne Meadows, after, with great fellow hikers, in the morning, around 9:00 am, since the bus did not come very often and drove home, to Bay Area, the same, long day, starting at 2:00 am. Met others, who started in White Wolf and had hiked the trail, more than once. There is a view of Hetch Hetchy but you may want field glasses to see it well, from the steep ridge. Most scenic views are actually from highway 120, through Tuolumne Meadows. But hiking along the river is particularly peaceful. Orhers did claim they saw bears, during their current trip and in previous years. year on this trail. I did not have GPS but recommend one, as phone won't receive signal and I have been lost before, which is not fun. Always stay on the trail in Yosemite, as they are too busy to keep track of people, like they used to. And pay close attention to the road signs, especially coming out of the park, as I have also missed turns, there. If you're not sure, stop and check the map. Since phones lose reception, a mistake can cost hours in big country. The hitch to Yosemite is that you have to get 5 miles into the park, the first day and you have to camp 5 miles from your exit, so plan to stay somewhere close by, the night before or have a long first and last day.

entered at Leavitt Lake and leave at Tuolumne Meadows in 2017 August. Fording is durable then. But feet are wet for most days. Scenery is beautiful.

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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

This is a real nice day hike. You can certainly turn this into an all out backpack trip too if you wanted, but this makes for a nice hike for just the day. Great views of Cathedral Peak and you can see all the way to the Columbia Finger from the pass area. Easy to walk a short distance to the upper lake, and a short half mile hike off the main trail to the lower Cathedral Lake. This is all along the John Muir trail. The first 3/4 of a mile are a pretty good uphill, then it levels off for pretty much the rest of the way. This is a real popular day hike out of Tuolumne.

Friday, September 08, 2017

There are lots beautiful flowers in meadows, nice walk

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Can't believe more people don't know about this hike. We did it Labor Day weekend and it was beautiful. It is mostly level, although keep in mind that the lake part is over 10,000 feet, so that's the only part that makes it a bit challenging. Other than the altitude, the views will take your breath away. Great "starter" hike for the long weekend. It is mostly in the shade, and through lovely alpine meadows. You have the option at the end of the trail of going past the lake, and heading up the waterfall (with no trail) to Helen Lake, which we only half did. Another great thing about this trail is that there is practically nobody on it!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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

My first ever backpacking trip. Hard and incredible. The views are outstanding, and I think it's easier to get to Half Dome this way than from the Valley floor.

thru hiked the pct 2016 the Sierras was my favorite part

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.

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.

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!!

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 :)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

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

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.

on Mono Pass Trail

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