Way of the Mono Trail

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Very Easy
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1.0 km
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44 m
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The Way of the Mono Trail is an awesome adventure above Bass Lake in the Sierra National Forest. Wander through mixed conifers and atop granite slabs to an epic overlook of the alpine lake and High Sierra.

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Route Description for Way of the Mono Trail

Open year-round and accessible; this route is an excellent hiking option for those seeking a relaxing, scenic adventure for the whole family. Make sure your camera is charged as this trek exhibits epic views and countless opportunities. Note that granite is extremely slippery after rainfall, so exercise caution! Additionally, a pair of microspikes or snowshoes are necessary when hiking after snowfall!

Setting out from the trailhead, follow the Way of the Mono Trail southwest. Immediately after departing the trailhead, the path will gradually climb along the sparsely shaded trail. Demanding the navigation of several switchbacks, you will be granted awesome views of the lake below. Continue trekking, and you will eventually reach the trail’s end.

At the path’s end, you will be granted impressive views of Bass Lake, the forested foothills, and distant views of the snow-capped Sierra summits. When you are through admiring the views, retrace your footing back along the path to the trailhead.

Getting to the Way of the Mono Trail Trailhead

The trailhead is located off Road 222.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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