Mono Pass Trail
Starting from Mosquito Flat at the end of Rock Creek Road, the Mono Pass trail climbs out of the Little Lakes Valley and goes to Ruby Lake, where sheer granite walls tower above the emerald waters. Crossing over Mono Pass the trail descends down Mono Creek with side trails to Pioneer Basin and the Recesses. The trail along Mono Creek eventually connects with the John Muir Trail near Quail Meadows and Lake Thomas A Edison.
Use of Bear containers is required at Ruby Lake. Beyond Mono Pass, bear containers are the only practical way to store food due to the lack of tall trees.
Common Destinations: Ruby Lake, Mono Pass, Pioneer Basin, Hopkins Creek.
Note: This is not Mono Pass near Yosemite’s Mt Dana, use Bloody Canyon Trail for that area.
Download area map for trail location.
To purchase more detailed maps or guidebooks of the area, visit sierraforever.org
At a Glance
|Reservations:||Reserve up to 6 months in advance at www.Recreation.gov|
|Rentals & Guides:||Rock Creek Pack Station is located on Rock Creek Road offers day rides and mule pack trips. (760) 935-4493 or (760) 872-8331|
|Water:||Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.|
|Restroom:||Vault toilet at trailhead. Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
Leave Hwy 395 at Toms Place. Follow Rock Creek Road to Mosquito Flat where there is paved hiker parking at the end of the road.
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Lake and Pond Fishing
Before Mono Pass Ruby Lake has Brook Trout, Once over Mono Pass there are Rainbow, Brook and Golden Trout in lakes at Pioneer Basin, For more information check the Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide.