Sierra Rec Magazine – August 29, 2022 – Two weeks back I was hiking up in the Mono Pass regions with friends when I ran into a regional Photographer that was returning from Koip Pass – Michael Weindel. We caught up to Michael on his way back to the car just and after approx. 16 miles of his day we had a pleasant conversation about this adventures. I asked him if he would be willing to share some of his images with us, since i had never made it past Parker Pass and Parker Pass Lake on my own journeys. He said sure and we shared some contact info. Yesterday I received an email with a ton of great images from his trip. We hope you will enjoy the Photo Journey with us.
Koip Pass is in the Ansel Adams Wilderness and at its peak is 12, 968 feet in elevation and is located in Mono county in the Ansel Adams Wilderness just South East of Yosemite National Park. AS a day hike the trail is 17.9 miles out and back hike with over 3900 feet of elevation gain from Tioga Pass / mono Pass Trailhead. Along the way travelers will walk through Yosemite high country next to Mono Pass and up an over Parker Pass at 11, 000 feet. Then proceed into Ansel Adams wilderness past a chain of unnamed small lakes and across Parker Creek. before ascending up a hearty set of switchbacks and talus trail system to Koip Pass.
Koip Glacier, Alger Lakes, Mono Lake, Parker Lake, Yosemite Backcountry and June Lake Ski resort are all places you can get great vista views of from Koip.
Enjoy these images from Michael Weindel.