This is a beautiful 7.5 mile to 8 mile hike that starts at about 9,500 feet. The trail head is located just off of Tioga Pass road. Even though Jeremy and I hike and bike regularly, we still needed to break a few times since this is a fairly large elevation change from where we live (at 3000 feet) in Groveland, CA.
The hike starts with a gradual upward slope. Meadows give spectacular view points for the surrounding mountains. Some of which still have snow in August!
At the end of the Mono Pass hike, we see the boundary for Yosemite National Park and Inyo National Forest. It is worth hiking further on the trail to Mono Lake to see the view of the lake peeking out of the Bloody Canyon. The hike reaches a top elevation of approximately 10,600 feet.
I looked up hoping to see gliders overhead since the cloud height and quality looked promising for glider pilots. I was one of them overhead in this area just a few weeks before. Unfortunately, I must have missed them:-)