I did a little solo hike up to the old townsite of Dana, which is high up on Tioga Hill in
Yosemite National Park. It was a great short hike along the crest of the Sierras. The views are fantasitic even if the mosquitoes were thick. Dana was the first camp for the Great Sierra mine up on top of Tioga Hill. The Great Sierra Consolidated Silver Company moved their camp to Bennettville to access the Sheepherder lode from the base of the hill and a little more out of the weather.
First located back in 1878, it only lasted until 1884. Hardly anything remains of the old camp, but it makes a nice destination for the day.
Bennettville is worth a stop too, if you are in the area.
I stopped on the way to Tioga Pass at Olmsted Point. Half Dome rises out of a sea of granite.
View towards Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows. I’m headed this way.
The view from my parking spot up at Tioga Pass. Nice day.
Up the hill from Tioga Pass. Looking up Parker Pass Creek.
The trail near the top of the ridge approaching Gaylor Lakes. Dana Meadows, Mount Gibbs, Kuna Peak, and Mammoth Peaks are in the distance. Gibbs is the tallest at 12,773′.
Looking forward on the trail at Middle Gaylor Lake and Granite Lake Cirque beyond. My elevation here is about 10,540′. If you look close, you can see a million mosquitoes and the trail following the shore of the lake around the right side and then up the creek.
Trail along the lake. The mosquitoes aren’t joking around with me….
Hiking up the creek drainage to the upper lake you get quite a view of Moraine Flat and the Cathedral Range beyond.
Upper Gaylor Lake and Gaylor Peak. I’ve left the mosquitoes behind.
The remains of the Great Sierra Cabin in Dana.
Ruins of the Great Sierra Cabin.
It had a nice view, but I can only imagine the winters here.
At one time, this must have been quite a place.
Stone cabin ruins.
Another view of a cabin ruin.
More stone cabin ruins.
Stone cabin ruins. The one on the right could have been the blacksmith.
Possibly powder storage.
One of the shafts. Ruin in background.
Main double compartment shaft. Flooded. Nothing remains of the wooden shaft house.
The wooden buildings are long gone from Dana.
Lifting winch. My boot is in there for scale.
“W. I. Tustin. Pioneer Manufacturer of Windmills Horse Powers Pumps and Tanks S.F. Cal.”
View of Dana from the west. 13,057′ Mount Dana in the background.
After exploring Dana, I started wandering around the high country with the rest of my time up here. The beautiful Granite Lakes are right nearby. I didn’t see anyone else the whole day. Very nice spot.