Lake (Mono Pass) Hike
|Trip Date: 06/25/2018
Distance: 5.0 Miles
Vertical Gain: 1300'
Group Size: 1
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|Signs at the south end of the parking lot indicate the starting point for hikes for both Mono Pass and Morgan Pass treks.|
|Less than a quarter mile from
the trailhead you enter the John Muir Wilderness area just past this
|Not only do you enter the Wilderness pass the sign, the trail also begins a gradual climb which will soon become much more pronounced.|
|Almost exactly one mile up the trail is a junction where you will take the Mono Pass trail to the right for the long climb up to Ruby Lake (and beyond if heading to Mono Pass.)|
|As you quickly gain elevation on the way up to Ruby Lake at over 11,000', the view south into Little Lakes Valley and Bear Creek Spire in the far distance make for a memorable sight. From this angle, Mt. Abbott dominates on the right side of the view.|
|Continuing to head upward, the view into the Little Lakes Valley gets even better, with Bear Creek Spire dominating, Mt. Gabb to the right of it here and even part of Mt. Morgan far to the left.|
|Nearing Ruby Lake is this view
up the outlet stream which is not to be missed.
|Less than half a mile from the lake the ridgeline from Mt. Starr behind the lake dominates the view ahead of you.|
|Watch for this signpost near the lake so that you go to the left and not up the side of the mountain to your right, eventually heading up over Mono Pass.|
|Coming across this waterfall
along the lake outlet means you are almost there!
|Right on the eastern end of the lake is a small campsite, with some sheltered spots for a tent and a pretty phenominal view of the lake.|
|Looking north from the lake, you can barely make out some switchbacks heading up and over the ridge and further into the Wilderness area.|
|GPS Track of the full hike.|