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Mono Lake's South Tufa Loop

Lee Vining, California

based on 7 reviews



0.91 miles

Elevation Gain

39 ft

Route Type



Added by Justin Ritucci

Explore one of the oldest lakes in North America. Photograph the unique shoreline. Duration: 1-2 hours.

Mono Lake is was formed at least 760,000 years ago, making it one of North America's oldest lake. Explore the coastline of this unique lake filled with unusual rock formations called tufas. Photograph the tufa towers with the majestic mountains in the background. The towers can make for some very dramatic photos, especially at sunset.

The water has a very high salt levels which makes a swim in the lake a very memorable experience. Boats are also allowed on the lake. Mono lake is also a very popular spot for bird photography.

The South Tufa Loop is a short (less than a mile) loop, which offers great views of Mono Lake and your chance to capture a shot of the tufas. 

Consider a stop at Mono Cone for a delicious treat before/after your visit. 

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Mono Lake's South Tufa Loop Reviews

Many different locations to visit around the lake. Can be very windy but offered some great bird watching and photography opportunities. They do ask that you donate at the South Tufa entrance. Also, Lee Vining has a couple shops with information about the lake and its history. Free stickers!

Such a fascinating place and definitely offers many photographic opportunities, especially for starry night skies. Beautiful place to visit!

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