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  • Wendy M
    Long Beach, California598 contributions
    Visiting this site was the main motivator for a 10 day California drive. I'd been wanting to visit and photograph the area for years and was not disappointed. In early June the area was uncrowded and temperatures comfortable. We enjoyed both a noon and sunset visit (as we were staying in Lee Vining) when we were able to catch a fine sunset and great color reflecting on the tufas. Signage showing the historical reach of the lake is interesting and educational as a reminder that we need to focus more on protecting our environment and water supply. Wildlife included deer, violet green swallows and starling as well as fascinating flies that are born underwater! The area is quite other worldly, and I highly recommend to the sightseers and photographers.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • ogol17
    Joshua Tree, CA925 contributions
    With fantastic views and many hikes along the way - you can easily spend 1-2 days along this road as long as the weather is good.
    Written 20 March 2022
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  • glahaye
    Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
    Friendly staff and nice view from above the Mono Lake.

    If you just want to go to the lake itself quickly, don't hike from the center; just drive right down to the lake from a road just a bit north of the center.
    Written 1 June 2021
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  • arhie
    San Antonio, TX315 contributions
    Very freindly, great kochkes, cool informational video (just ask!). We also did the 6pm free tour at the south tufa area which was AWESOME. KJ was our guide amd she was fun and very well versed in local ecology. Highly recommend.
    Written 17 August 2022
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  • JimmyJackk
    San Marcos, CA5,126 contributions
    Very quiet place especially in the off season. Everything closed great views and enjoyable place to walk.
    Written 28 October 2019
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  • Over The Hill Hikers
    Woodbridge, CA184 contributions
    Looking out over the lake, it is hard to imagine that the lake was hundreds of feet deeper in the distant past. Diversion of water to LA has significantly lowered the lake level, which has caused even higher salinity and alkalinity.. 8 times greater than the ocean. The only life in the lake are brine shrimp, no fish. Birds congregate to consume the shrimp and nest (mostly seagulls from the pacific ocean coast). The state was forced to regulate the amount of runoff water that could he diverted to LA, from the Eastern Sierra, to ensure Mono Lake gets enough water to survive.
    Written 8 July 2020
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  • Dionges1
    Los Angeles, CA2,991 contributions
    Took a short hike in the crater after visiting Mono Lake. A very convenient stop and it did not take long to experience this rare crater in the Eastern Sierras. The outline of the crater was not distinct as in other volcano craters. There are significant volcanic rock formations, loose rocks everywhere and more obsidian than I have seen in any one location.
    Written 10 May 2021
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  • Miriam S
    Palo Alto, CA32 contributions
    A supremely lovely picnic spot with some fun playground equipment. A pleasant walk down to Mono Lake.
    Written 10 June 2021
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  • barfiemermaid
    Costa Mesa, CA142 contributions
    We stopped at the lake to kayak and paddle board. It felt like we had the lake to ourselves. It was gorgeous!
    Written 10 September 2020
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  • karen l
    Daytona Beach, FL7 contributions
    one of the best single room museums I have ever visited. Displays well presented, the woman tending the desk was informative, friendly without being intrusive.
    fascinating history.
    Written 18 June 2022
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  • Cali4niahiker
    Arlington, WA2,302 contributions
    Lee Vining Canyon was there long before the Tioga Road, but many people don’t recognize the name. We stopped near the campground for some leaf peeping, superb!
    Written 1 November 2020
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  • John P
    Santa Clara, CA260 contributions
    A beautiful Alpine lake right before Park East Entrance. It has a unpaved parking lot, The view is excellent.
    Written 7 July 2022
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  • Cali4niahiker
    Arlington, WA2,302 contributions
    I’ve been over Tioga Pass dozens of times but never stopped at Tioga Lake. Until late October 2020. Had a picnic lunch in this gorgeous spot!
    Written 1 November 2020
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  • 222ola
    San Francisco127 contributions
    The road to Conway summit provides some good views of Mono lake - ther are several areas where you can park safely for picture taking
    Written 3 October 2019
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  • ELKW
    United States11,537 contributions
    when we drove the car leaving the the Ellery lake from Tioga pass entrance, we see a fall near the road, we just took some picture from the car, there are large mountain on the top of the fall with several snow, the water of this waterfall may come from the melting snow
    Written 11 May 2020
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