Mosquito Flat Trailhead - Backpacking
Backpacking from the Mosquito Flat Trailhead to the Pioneer Basin via the Mono Pass Trail is an unforgettable backpacking experience with some of the most breathtaking scenery in the High Sierras.
About 22 miles backpacking plus day hikes for the rest.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The difficulty in this trip is the altitude, for one. It's all above 10,000' with the pass being 12,060'. However, it's a fairly nice and gradual trail to the pass. The next difficulty is that part of the trail is unmaintained and challenging.
Time To Complete
Setting up a base camp and day hiking on the surrounding trails is a fantastic way to make the most of this trip. We were in for six nights.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
For my money, the high Sierra (the eastern part of the range near Bishop, Lone Pine, etc.) in September is backpacking heaven. But the pass will get a lot of snow and there's no hiding from avalanche danger in that pass, so if you go in snow, be wary.
Dogs can come in the area, but note that the rock on these trails is continuous and sharp. I would not bring my dog.
You can reserve online. The fee is $5 per person. The rangers will ask to see your permit and they will insist upon you having a bear canister. These are cheap to rent in the area including from the Forest Service.
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