Explore the most popular lake 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.

Hiked this in late June. Still plenty of snow on the peaks and in the shadows then. Definitely go past the sign for a killer view of Mono Lake.

My second time up to the top of Dana. Gotta love that view. It's icy towards the summit right now, with more snow on the way. Bring spikes.

hiking
12 days ago

Awesome peak hike! My group was able to do it in 5 hours. There is no water up there to be sure to bring enough with you. The trial is very easy to follow and well marked.

Most of the reviews here are pretty accurate. I didn’t prepare much for the strong wind hence, it was a struggle for me specially during the last stretch. It’s pretty chilly in the summit so even though I wanted to spend more time there, my body just couldn’t handle it. Overall it was a good experience and the view from the summit just blew me away.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 8/25 at 8:00am. came from the West End of Yosemite so parked just outside the East gate on the road at that time a day parking was not an issue.
Not sure why it says on here the hike is only about 5 miles it’s really more like 7 1/2 according to my fit bit. The first part is indeed easy but once you start going up you keep going up took me about 3 1/2 hours to get to the top mostly because of the elevation so I had to go super slow and I took some snack breaks. The views going up a pretty amazing and will make you almost want to stop because you feel like this is as good as it gets and the climb is pretty intense but carry-on! once you get to the summit the views are even more amazing on the other side, definitely worth it and there’s a little Tupperware container with books that you can sign your name and add a note to when you get to the summit. be sure to do that! I think the down was actually harder than the up. really hard on your toes. i used polls for the way down to help me balance which saved me a couple of times from really slipping hard. Bring lots of water I went through over 2 L and it was not hot in fact once you get to the summit it’s pretty chilly and just before the summit it gets super windy so bring a warmish jkt with a hood you won’t regret it.

hiking
1 month ago

Hard to believe this was just under 5 miles. It's very steep at the end, so you really just need to take your time. But this hike really has everything. It's beautiful to walk through the forest and see some lakes, beautiful wildflowers, and occasional deer. Then it gets fun when you scramble across some avalanche slides and then head up for what seems like an endless amount of time. Eventually, you get to the final summit which is mostly just climbing on a lot of big rocks, every one of which will shift, slide, or roll as you step on it, so WATCH YOUR FOOTING. The trail, as it almost always is, is a little harder to find on the way up, but if you just look for the big cairns and generally head up, you'll get there no problem. Views from the top are amazing with snow-capped mountains throughout the park still in August.

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

Hiking Mt Dana was one of the most difficult hikes I've done, especially considering that it's not a really long hike. It only took me two more hours to hike from the top of the Grand Canyon to the bottom and back up again and that was close to 17 miles, not six! The altitude starting at 10,000 feet and ending at over 13,000 feet made it tough. Hiking up and down through scree made it that much tougher. For this flat lander, it was more technical than I'm used to and no one has ever called me a mountain goat for good reason.
The hike up Mt Dana was definitely worthwhile and I'm proud to say I've done it. I was slow, but I got 'er done.
We had also planned to do Half Dome, but the wildfires had closed Yosemite Valley.

walking
2 months ago

beautiful scenic hike from trail head. lots of wild flowers and lakes for great photo opportunities. very hard the last two miles with constant climbing, but great panaromic view from the peak.

Did this on Friday morning of July 20th, starting at 7:42 am from the Tioga Pass entrance and summited less than 3 hours later. Had to almost run all the way back down when I heard thunder from the clouds getting darker, even though it was clear skies when I started. Aside from that, it was a fantastic hike as the smoke from the Ferguson Fire wasn’t a problem that day, and visibility was great in every direction, giving some great panoramas! Starts off gradually then gets steep as you clear the trees to the meadow, then it’s steep scrambling almost all the way to the top. The trail is well beaten into and is clearly marked by cairns when it fades into the loose rocks on the final ascent. Would definitely recommend if there are no clouds or storms forecasted!

hiking
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.

Did this hike on July 8. The beginning of this hike was beautiful! Lots a wild flowers and ponds! The ending sucked! It’s all loose rock! Once you get closer to the peak we saw sky pilot, which is a flower that only blooms at certain elevations! It was pretty cold at the top so bring a jacket.
One of the hardest short hikes I’ve ever done!!

Was great!

hiking
3 months ago

Mt Dana has been on our list of hikes to tackle for a few years and I kept putting it off to “prepare”. We went ahead and did it last week and *ahem* lets just say I was not quite prepared. Lol It’s no joke, for the average hiker. I made it to the top in a little over 3 hours so not too bad, but I was sore for dayyyysss. The views were AMAZING.

The trail in the beginning is pleasant then turns to steep steps/rocks and parts where you may scramble over boulders and such. In my opinion, coming down was harder, I’m 43 and my knees were not happy.

I was grateful for my trekking poles!

I had a crew of 6 teens with me who did great. Overall we had an amazing time.

Mt Dana Summit was amazing! We summited last Saturday 07.07.18. This is a 7 miler r/t hike not 4.8miles. Endless inclined all the way up and scramble rocks terrain. This hike is hard but worth the views! The first mile trail wasn't too bad and covered with the trees but keep in mind you are starting at 10000ft elevation.
Make sure u start early. It's open area after a mile hike.
We started at 6am and we summited at 1130, we took our time and enjoy the views!

More strenuous than I expected LOL. Nevertheless, made it to the top and loved the incredible views. I would say the trail is actually not that hard to follow, it’s pretty beat in. I was only confused trying to find the start of the hike —the beginning literally starts right next to the east entrance/exit. I’d say this is probably one of my favorite day hikes I have ever done.

hiking
3 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.

trail running
3 months ago

Jogged(???) up yesterday (6/15) and there was epic wind. But it's an awesome trail with stunning views at the top. Had to scramble through some knee deep snow in places, and the rock hop to the summit, but so worth it!

What surprised me was that the wind at the summit was nearly non-existent compared to on the way up. I headed up around 2:00pm, and only saw three other people on the entire trip. Took about three hours round trip. For a guy who has spent all his life at sea level, and from a country with the highest mountain of around 6600ft, this was rather unique!

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!

I'm a ranger in Yosemite and this is hands down my favorite day hike in the park. Difficult and technical in places, but the summit is more than worth it. Be aware of weather, things can change very quickly up there and you could get caught in an unexpected storm.

hiking
11 months ago

I completed this trail yesterday (Nov 11th). I choose to start this later on in the day in order to take some shots during the sunset. The trail is very easy to follow. There is a bit of frozen ice and snow along the trail at the higher elevation so I highly recommend bringing a grappling hook if you plan this hike during the colder months. Dress WARMLY because the wind starts to pick up after you cross the plateau. One of the best hikes I've completed within Yosemite.

Pretty technical but worth the views. Start at about 10k elevation and end just over 13. So beautiful!

backpacking
Friday, September 22, 2017

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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

So beautiful! Every step is worth it. Can be intimidating during the last half mile straight up, just don't look up and focus on step by step. Going down feels so long, actually for me it was harder than going up .

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, September 18, 2017

Great views from the summit, after a pretty steep climb on a good, but often rocky, use trail.

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, September 08, 2017

There are lots beautiful flowers in meadows, nice walk

hiking
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!

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