Mono Lake, lies in a 700 square-mile valley off Highway 395 just south of Lee Vining town in Mono County, California, is one of the oldest lakes in the western hemisphere. It lies 13 miles east of Yosemite National Park, and boasts spectacular views of the high Sierra Nevada Mountain range along its eastern shore. Mono Lake is a large yet shallow saline lake about 70 square miles in size. It was formed around 700,000 years ago. The lack of any outlet or run-off forces the lake to support high levels of salts. This creates a unique ecosystem and an amazing buoyancy for kayaks!
With South Tufa Trail and nearby Panum Crater filled with pumice and obsidian, Bodie Ghost Town and canyons lined with hiking trails to waterfalls, streams, ponds and even glaciers, the expansive area around Mono Lake is a nature lover’s wonderland.
Want to get more firsthand insights and see stunning photography from this incredible place? Check out Julia’s Xplorer Journals: Kayaking to the Tufas, Bodie Ghost Town Relics of a Booming Wild West, Panum Crater: A Hidden Gem in Inyo National Forest, Nature’s Gold: An Autumn Hike into Lundy Canyon.
Expedition Date: October 2013, October 2014.
View Panoramas of this pristine California lake, and continue exploring the incredible wilderness and natural wonders of Inyo National Forest: Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail, Lundy Canyon Trail, Panum Crater, Rainbow Falls and Devil’s Postpile and on the outskirts Bodie Ghost Town and Glacier Lodge.