Hiking

Hiking the Sierra Crest from Minaret Vista to Deadman Pass

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  • This is a fairly strenuous out-and-back hike across wide-open, windswept Alpine terrain. Big vistas stretch in every direction: to the Minarets and Ritter Range, to the Inyo and Mono craters, to the Glass and White Mountains, to a unique perspective of Mammoth Mountain back to the south. From the Minaret Vista parking area follow the hiking trail and 4-wheel-drive track north along the crest of San Joaquin Ridge, on the divide between the Owens and San Joaquin watersheds, to a gnarled stand of whitebark pines at road's end. Early summer brings a variety of tiny wildflowers and the occasional mountain bluebird.

  • This is a fairly strenuous out-and-back hike across wide-open, windswept Alpine terrain. Big vistas stretch in every direction: to the Minarets and Ritter Range, to the Inyo and Mono craters, to the Glass and White Mountains, to a unique perspective of Mammoth Mountain back to the south. From the Minaret Vista parking area follow the hiking trail and 4-wheel-drive track north along the crest of San Joaquin Ridge, on the divide between the Owens and San Joaquin watersheds, to a gnarled stand of whitebark pines at road's end. Early summer brings a variety of tiny wildflowers and the occasional mountain bluebird.

  • Experience Checklist

    • Binoculars
    • Camera
    • Day pack
    • Energy bars/electrolyte replacement
    • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes
    • Insect repellent
    • Map or GPS device
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen/lip protector
    • Water

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    Experience Information

    Trail Length
    4.1 miles
    Trail Surface
    Soil
    Duration
    Less than 4 hours

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