The Yosemite Park entrance at Tioga Pass. The hike to Mount Dana starts here at about 10,000'.
View to the south across Dana Meadows at the start of the hike.
One of the many ponds that are in the area.
Another pond. The mosquitos were buzzing around in the meadow area.
Lot of corn lilys on this section of trail.
Starting to get a better view of Dana Meadows and some of it's ponds.
Dana Meadows from higher up.
Tigoa Pass, where I started at center.
The trail gets really steep after about half mile.
There was a good trail up to this point. Soon I would be on use trails that kept disappearing into rocks.
Reached the first patch of snow above 11,000'.
View to the west.
Came across this marmot at about 11,700'. He was hanging out in a ring of rocks.
After I got a few photos he started doing the marmot dance, then ran away at full speed.
Looking up at the peak, decided to go around the snow on the left near the ridge line.
Zoomed in on a group crossing the snow.
On the rocks. This slope is covered with use trails going all which ways.
Snow cornice hanging over the edge.
Closer look at the cornice.
Another hiker making his way to the summit.
About 500' below the summit started seeing a lot of blue sky pilots
Closer look at the sky pilots.
Close up of the sky pilots.
As I approached the summit this herd of people started down, good timing.
Me on the summit of Mount Dana at 13,057' with Mono Lake.
Mono Lake 6,500' below to the northeast.
Mono Lake again zoomed in a little.
Mount Gibbs and Mount Lewis in back to the south.
Dana Meadows 3,100' below to the west.
Zoomed in on Tigoa Pass at the center.
Me again with a view to the northwest with Tioga and Saddlebag Lakes.
Zoomed in on Tioga and Saddlebag Lakes.
Closer look at Saddlebag Lake and the road leading to it.
Cool looking peaks to the northwest that I don't know the names of.
Looking to the southwest at the Kuna Crest.
Zoomed in on the Kuna Crest. Helen Lake on the left, Spillway Lake below it to the right and Bingaman Lake to the far right.
Same view little to the west. Bingaman Lake in center and the still frozen Kuna Lake.
Zoomed in on the Mono Craters and Hwy 395 to the southeast. White Mountain in the distance.
Looking back up at the peak as I start the hike down.
Above the highest snow patch.
Looking back up after getting below the snow.
These folks are taking the fast way down.
This level area was in the middle of the steep stuff, good place to take a break. The pile of rocks on the right is where I saw the dancing marmot.
Last view of the peak till I reach the bottom, gets steep again past this spot.
About two thirds of the way down, 1,000' to go.
Took a different route down and hiked through an area filled with wild onions, smelled good.
These folks from France were watching the marmots playing in the rocks.