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The under appreciated former mining town of Lee Vining lies along the eastern entrance into Yosemite National Park. While access is cut off in the winter months due to snow in the high Sierras, this is the leading launch point for fishing and backpacking into Mono Lake, June Lake, Grant Lake, and Mammoth Lakes.

Top Spots

Lee Vining Creek Trail

Lee Vining, California

2.6 mi / 486 ft gain

Mono Lake Boardwalk

Lee Vining, California

0.69 mi / 30 ft gain

Gibbs Lake

Lee Vining, California

6.24 mi / 1690 ft gain

Bloody Canyon to Walker Lake

Lee Vining, California

4.88 mi / 689 ft gain

Mono Lake Park Nature Trail

Lee Vining, California

0.54 mi / 79 ft gain

Panum Crater Trail

Lee Vining, California

2.13 mi / 335 ft gain

Panum Crater Summit

Lee Vining, California

1.05 mi / 177 ft gain

Hike Panum Crater Trail

Lee Vining, California

3.3 mi / 874 ft gain

Explore the Mono Lake Tufas under the Milky Way

Lee Vining, California

5.0

Places to stay

Trailhead Group

Lee Vining, California

Trailhead Group

Obsidian Flat

Mono County, California

Obsidian Flat

Trumbull Lake

Bridgeport, California

Trumbull Lake

Oh Ridge

June Lake Loop

Oh Ridge

Silver Lake Campground June Lake (Ca

June Lake, California

Silver Lake Campground June Lake (Ca

June Lake

June Lake, California

June Lake

Guides and stories

An Epic Paddle Boarding Adventure at 9,000 ft. - July at Tioga Lake

An Epic Paddle Boarding Adventure at 9,000 ft. - July at Tioga Lake

Alexandra Graziano

Hot Spring Sunrises, Alpine Lakes, and Fall Colors: Autumn in the Eastern Sierras

Hot Spring Sunrises, Alpine Lakes, and Fall Colors: Autumn in the Eastern Sierras

Benjamin Canevari

Exploring the Desert in Mono County

Exploring the Desert in Mono County

Benjamin Canevari

Tips for Stand Up Paddlers With Dogs

Tips for Stand Up Paddlers With Dogs

Kristen Fuller

5 Reasons Why Yosemite National Park Should Be Added To Your Winter Bucket List

5 Reasons Why Yosemite National Park Should Be Added To Your Winter Bucket List

Sonja Saxe

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