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Bloody Canyon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.7 mile 7.5 kilometer point to point
70% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 423' 129 m
Descent: -2,708' -825 m
High: 10,629' 3,240 m
Low: 7,970' 2,429 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 57% (30°)

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Trail shared by Tilman Giese

Spectacular views of Mono Lake from a steep canyon right outside Yosemite National Park.

Tilman Giese

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The trail begins to descend gently on the far side of Mono Pass and soon approaches Upper and Lower Sardine Lakes. These isolated, high alpine lakes seem to attract a lot of hungry mosquitoes!

The trail then descends very steeply through the huge rocky canyon sandwiched between Mount Lewis and Mount Gibbs. It is called Bloody Canyon because of all the injuries to horses and mules that used this route before wagon roads were built. Watch your footing, but be sure to also raise your eyes to the distant views of dazzlingly blue Mono Lake on the dry plains far below.

The Bloody Canyon Trail eventually enters forest again near Walker Lake and terminates at Sawmill Canyon Road.

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Mono Lake and Walker Lake from just below Lower Sardine Lake
Sep 26, 2019 near Mammoth…, CA
Yellow aspen on a sunny fall day
Sep 26, 2019 near Mammoth…, CA
Alpine meadow and lake near Mono Pass.
Sep 24, 2015 near Mammoth…, CA
Sardine Lake and distant Mono Lake.
Sep 24, 2015 near Mammoth…, CA
Mono Lake viewed from the east side of Mono Pass.
Oct 19, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Walker Lake and Mono Lake
Sep 26, 2019 near Mammoth…, CA

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