The Best Backpacking in Mono County

Looking for the best backpacking in Mono County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Mono County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Mono County

  • Lee Vining, California

    Bloody Canyon Trail to Agnew Meadows

    25.84 mi / 6142 ft gain
    Bloody Canyon Trail to Agnew Meadows is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Lee Vining, California.
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  • Lee Vining, California

    Hike to Upper Sardine Lake

    Directions (from south of June Lake): 395 northTurn right onto the 158Keep right at fork onto Parker Lake Rd and go about 0.5 milesTurn right at first right and head all the way to the top until you hit a parking lot/camping ground/trail head From North of June Lake: 395 southTurn left at 158Keep...
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  • June Lake, California

    Donohue Pass via Rush Creek and John Muir Trail

    26.4 mi / 5686 ft gain
    Donohue Pass via Rush Creek and John Muir Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near June Lake, California.
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  • June Lake, California

    Silver Lake to Tioga Pass Rd

    20.33 mi / 5833 ft gain
    Silver Lake to Tioga Pass Rd is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near June Lake, California.
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  • June Lake, California

    Silver Lake to Thousand Island Lake Loop

    17.75 mi / 4183 ft gain
    Silver Lake to Thousand Island Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near June Lake, California.
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  • June Lake, California

    Gem Lake via Rush Creek Trail

    6.91 mi / 2313 ft gain
    Gem Lake via Rush Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near June Lake, California.
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  • Lee Vining, California

    Camp at Junction Campground, Mono County

    Junction campground is by far one of my favorite campsites when I am visiting the High Sierra and Tuolumne Meadows. The only downside is, you can only camp certain months; usually from June through October when highway 120 is open.  The Junction campground is far away from the crowds of Yosemite ...
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  • Tuolumne County, California

    Backpack the Lyell Loop

    31 mi / 5600 ft gain
    Start the hike at the Mono pass trail. You'll eventually take the fork towards Parker Pass a couple miles in. We tackled the trail in late spring, and it quickly became clear that there was still enough snow to make our lives difficult. As we climbed out of the Parker drainage, the trail essenti...
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  • Tuolumne County, California

    Backpack over Koip Peak Pass

    19 mi / 2500 ft gain
    This trip begins in Yosemite National Park and can be completed as an out-and-back or by hiking one-way to the Ansel Adams Wilderness and exiting at Silver Lake on the east side of the mountains. Start at the Mono/Parker Pass trailhead, a few miles past Tuolumne Meadows. Don't forget to make a pe...
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  • Lee Vining, California

    Twenty Lakes Basin and Saddlebag Lake Loop

    7.8 mi / 804 ft gain
    Twenty Lakes Basin and Saddlebag Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Lee Vining, California.
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  • Lee Vining, California

    Twenty Lakes Basin Loop Trail

    7.81 mi / 915 ft gain
    Twenty Lakes Basin Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Lee Vining, California.
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  • Lee Vining, California

    Conness and Cascade Lakes from Saddlebag Lake

    6.09 mi / 1070 ft gain
    Conness and Cascade Lakes from Saddlebag Lake is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Lee Vining, California.
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  • Madera County, California

    John Muir Trail: Camping at Thousand Island Lake

    5.0
    This is one of the most recogizable lakes on the John Muir Trail and is known for being one of Ansel Adams' favorite places to photograph. Banner and Ritter Peaks tower over the tree covered islands and make for incredible scenery. This is a good spot to spend the day eating lunch and swimming ou...
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  • Crowley Lake, California

    Shadow Creek Trail to John Muir Trail

    8.24 mi / 1283 ft gain
    Shadow Creek Trail to John Muir Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near June Lake, California.
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  • Crowley Lake, California

    Ediza Lake Loop Trail

    21.05 mi / 3698 ft gain
    Ediza Lake Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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  • Madera County, California

    4-Day Backpack Trip to Thousand Island Lake

    5.0
    Start from Agnew Meadows about 7 miles away. You can take the High Trail out as part of the River Trail with a long detour passing by several other scenic lakes, including Shadow Lake, Garnet Lake, and Ruby Lake. You will arrive at Thousand Island Lake a few hours after lunch, just in time to set...
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