Ascent of Mount Dana (West Slope from Tioga Pass, class 1), with Simon Wacziarg, July 18, 2020.


July 18, 2020. After our long outing on Mount Emerson two days prior, Simon and I were looking for something more mellow. After exploring options that included yet another Crystal Crag climb or a hike up Mount Conness from Saddlebag Lake, we finally settled on hiking up Mount Dana from Tioga Pass: the promise of great views over Yosemite cinched the deal. I was looking forward to returning to this peak after climbing it eight years prior.

We started from the Tioga Pass entrance to Yosemite National Park at 8:52 and made slow and steady progress toward the summit – first through a forest and then on the barren slopes of Mount Dana. There were a few parties on the trail, as this was a Saturday. We reached the summit at 11:35, and spent a good while taking photos, eating a snack, and talking to other hikers. We left the summit at 12:13 and made quick work of the return, even running on the flat parts. Clouds were gathering and a few drops of rain fell as we reached the wooded part of the climb. We were back at the car at 13:49. Just then the sky exploded with rain, and I got a free car wash. We drove to the Whoa Nellie Deli for a nice lunch, and took the long way home, through the June Lake Loop. (A 4:57 hour day, 5.3 miles, 3,050 feet of elevation gain).


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