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Mt Dana hike (TR)

Postby vitaminC » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:11 pm

As part of a trip to hike Mt Whitney, we started off "easy" with Mt Dana for an acclimatization hike. From what I had read on the web, it sounded like it was just a "use" trail up to the summit, so I was surprised to see that it is in fact a well established trail with cairns leading you all the way to the summit. There were a few places near the top where it was a little tricky to follow the trail, though interestingly I didn't have any such issues on the way back down. I'm mainly posting this because many people may not be aware that there is now an established trail to the top...

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Interactive map here


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Why yes, it is quite steep!

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No shortage of flowers.

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As that layer of smoke and smog got closer, the visibility decreased and the air become much less pleasant to breathe.

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Really big cairns!

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Flatest part of the hike.


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Looking South and West

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Looking North and East
Full 360 view is here

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Heading back down. The trail is quite obvious here.

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Not much signage just yet.

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And finished it off with dinner at the Mobil Station and sunset at Mono Lake.

The rest of the pics are here. And if you're interested, pictures of the Mt Whitney hike are here.
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Lots of photos



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Re: Mt Dana hike (TR)

Postby texan » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:43 pm

Wow, there notg much snow up there. Thanks for sharing the trail report.

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Re: Mt Dana hike (TR)

Postby maverick » Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:29 pm

Thanks VC for the TR and pictures. Those humongous cairns are ridiculous and take away
from the whole wilderness feel of the climb. :puke:
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