On the way to the area we planed to camp for the night, we stopped in Big Pine to pick a few fireworks for the 4th.
View of the Mono Craters from Hwy 120 with Crater Mountain on the left and South Crater on the right.
We found a great camp site at the base of Crater Mountain.
View to the north from the camp site.
Zoomed in on the same view.
We also had a view of Banner Peak and Mount Ritter to the southwest.
The next morning we were at Tioga Pass, our hike to Mount Dana will start here at just under 10,000 feet.
A view of Mount Dana on the right from Tioga Pass.
Zoomed in on Mount Dana.
Joe(me) and Sooz at the start of the hike with Dana Meadows behind us.
One of the many ponds in Dana Meadows.
Looking across the meadow at Mammoth Peak.
Sooz hiking along side another pond.
Group of wild onions, love the way these smell.
Looking up. Can't see the peak from here. What looks like the peak is the edge of a flat area about half way to the peak.
Sooz checking out the view with Tioga Pass down below.
View to the south with Mammoth Peak and a section of Dana Meadows.
As we approach the flat area, Dana's summit comes into view.
Patch of snow.
We took a short snack break here on the flat area at about 11,600 feet before heading up to the peak.
Sooz with a view of the Kuna Crest to the south.
Heading for the peak. There has been a nice trail up to this point, but on the steep rocky section up ahead it's on and off use trails.
View to the north from the steep section.
View to the south.
Sooz on the rocks.
There was a few Sky Pilots near the peak.
Sooz on the summit.
On the Dana's summit at 13,057 feet.
View of Mono Lake to the northeast 6,600 feet below.
Another view on Mono Lake looking over the top of the Dana Plateau.
Zoomed in on Negit and Paoha Islands.
The Mono Craters to the east.
Zoomed in on Crater Mountain, you can see the road that leads to our camp site.
The June Lake ski area to the southeast.
Mount Gibbs at 12,773 feet to the south.
Zoomed in over the top of Mount Gibbs to Koip Peak at 12,962 feet and Kuna Peak 13,002 feet.
Looking down towards Tioga Pass.
Zoomed in on Tioga Pass, I could see my truck down there.
View to the northwest.
Zoomed in on Mount Conness at 12,590 feet.
Nearby is North Peak at 12,242 feet.
Sooz relaxing on the peak.
We had a visitor.
It's a marmot.
The little guy was really friendly, Sooz is giving him my apple core.