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Mt Dana, Yosemite NP

Gaze upon Yosemite National Park from atop the 13,000 foot summit of Mount Dana.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 5 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  You won't find the Mt. Dana Summit Trail on your National Park Service map and chances are you're unlikely to find it in your hiking... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Tioga Pass ranger station (9,945 ft)

Mt. Dana is situated by the Eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Parking is available just inside the park, on the West side of the highway.

2. Mt. Dana Summit Trailhead

Though you're unlikely to find a sign pointing out the start of the trail, you'll have no trouble finding this well trodden route, which is located directly next to the ranger station.

3. Picturesque alpine lakes

Your journey begins just under 10,000ft above sea level and quickly transports you away from the RV traffic of Route 120 and into an evergreen forest hiding lakes and wildflowers.

After a short while the pitch of the trail begins to steepen and the tree cover gradually thins out to nothing, exposing you to the elements for the rest of the hike.

4. Great sweeping panoramas

At around the half-way mark the trail levels out for a time and the green vegetation becomes increasingly replaced by scree and small boulders.

Take the time to take in the views and get your breath back in this thin air. Keep an eye out for an occasional marmot here, too!

Here the well-defined trail breaks away into many trails, one for each... More

5. The final push

The final push to the summit is definitely the hardest part of the hike, and not just because of the climb - the bouldered terrain makes more difficult to traverse.

Patience is key here. Stick to a gentle consistent pace however and you'll soon be at the top.

6. Mt. Dana summit (13,053 ft)

You bagged yourself a thirteen thousand footer, congratulations!

Of course, the views from up here are stunning. Standing here on top of the Eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park dominates the skyline in three out of four directions whilst the Eastern view looks across over the volcanic landscape of the High... More