Published: July 30th 2012May 5th 2012
Hot Spring, located nearby
After the hike, the sun was still high up, and I went to a nearby hot spring
I hiked over Mono Pass, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in Inyo National Forest. This is a hike that lasts for some 12km, and it got me to an altitude of some 11'000 feet.
I went in early May. There was no snow at ground level, but we quickly reached patches, which got larger and larger, and eventually covered the trail. The top third of the hike was quite cool: frozen lakes and a deep cover of snow. I was comfortable with a hoodie, a light jacket, gloves, a polar fleece blanket, a hat, and a light thermal layer underneath my pants.
I encountered two or three groups of fellow hikers on the way. This was much of a a change compared to the density of people ovr at Yosemite. The quality of the sights was, in my opinion, comparable.
Once arrived on top, as per my habit, I took a nap. I was able to find myself a soft, flat rock that wasn't covered in snow, and I fell asleep for some 45 minutes, after a light lunch. I quickly recovered from fatigue.
I did not feel in any way incommodated, but the camping ground
was at some 10'000 feet, which may have helped with acclimatisation. Some of my friends reported headaches and slight nausea, however.
The views were beautiful and the hike moderately strenuous. I recommend heading over to Wild Wily's Hot Springs, located nearby.
There are more photos below