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Dana Plateau Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 12,466'
Location: 37.8998, -119.221 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, John Robinson, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Josh Janes on Apr 18, 2006
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Mt. Dana and the Dana Plateau.

Description 

The Dana Plateau is on the north-eastern side of the Dana massif and approximately 500 ft below the summit. Several routes ascend perfect high Sierra granite on the Third Pillar of Dana, the most popular being The Regular Route. The Third Pillar of Dana is a prominent prow visible from the east on the Tioga pass road, however it is generally accessed from the west just outside Yosemite N.P. The Regular route is a classic and on summer weekends will often see multiple parties. However other routes on the Third Pillar are climbed far less frequently. Another excellent climb in the area is the Dana Couloir (low-angle ice), which shares the same access as the Third Pillar. The Mobil station at the intersection of the Tioga pass road and highway 395 is a surprisingly good choice to get dinner after doing a climb in this area. Definitely worth checking out.

Getting There 

Park at the Tioga Lake parking lot just west of the eastern entrance to Yosemite on Tioga Pass road (highway 120). In early or late season, getting to this point by car depends on when the Tioga Pass road is open - check i80.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr1... or call Yosemite national park road information at 209-372-0200. The parking lot is at about 9,500 ft elevation. From there follow the trail down to Tioga Lake that starts behind the bathrooms. Take the trail around to the eastern side of the lake. When Glacier Creek is reached, leave the lake and head east up the canyon following the creek. Follow the climber's trail for about a mile until the trees begin to thin out a bit. Continuing up canyon from here will take one eventually to the base of Dana Couloir. Instead, angle up and left to access the plateau. The way will be occasionally marked by cairns. After heading up a wide and open boulder field for about 1/2 mile the ground levels to the plateau. This is approximately 3,000 ft above the parking lot and will take about 1 to 3 hours depending on fitness level.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.4 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Dana Plateau

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dana Plateau:
Third Pillar, Regular Route   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 800'   
Lenticular Limbo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 700'   
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Featured Route For Dana Plateau
Rock Climbing Photo: The utterly striking Third Pillar of Mt. Dana.

Third Pillar, Regular Route 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Dana Plateau
This route is one of the high Sierra classics. All 5 pitches have excellent climbing on very high quality granite. While most of the climbing is on cracks there is a mix of face and chimney climbing on the route as well. It can be done with a 50 m rope, but a 60 m rope will make things easier. Supertopo has an excellent description of the route in their High Sierra Climbing book (p. 108). Other good references include Secor's The High Sierra (second edition, p. 376), Croft's The Good, The G...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Dana and the Dana Plateau
Mt. Dana and the Dana Plateau
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Dana and moraine
Mt. Dana and moraine
Rock Climbing Photo: A 1978 winter climb of the couloir immediately lef...
A 1978 winter climb of the couloir immediately lef...
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading off the Plateau
Heading off the Plateau
Rock Climbing Photo: Panoramic composite of the Dana Plateau.
Panoramic composite of the Dana Plateau.
Rock Climbing Photo: The late Paul Andrews on Third Pillar.
The late Paul Andrews on Third Pillar.
Rock Climbing Photo: Traverse
Traverse
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott Senjo
Scott Senjo
Rock Climbing Photo: Clouds
Clouds
Rock Climbing Photo: Views
Views
Rock Climbing Photo: Close
Close
Rock Climbing Photo: Third Pillar Dana
Third Pillar Dana
Rock Climbing Photo: Third Pillar of Mt. Dana, from rt. 120 west of Lee...
Third Pillar of Mt. Dana, from rt. 120 west of Lee...
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of the Third Pillar of Dana Plateau at sunset ...
Top of the Third Pillar of Dana Plateau at sunset ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Dana Plateau viewed from the west with the pro...
BETA PHOTO: The Dana Plateau viewed from the west with the pro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Dana as viewed from the east on Tioga Pass Roa...
BETA PHOTO: Mt. Dana as viewed from the east on Tioga Pass Roa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Third Pillar-Dana Plateau. Photo by Blitzo.
Third Pillar-Dana Plateau. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mono Lake from Mt. Dana. Photo by Blitzo.
Mono Lake from Mt. Dana. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: crossing the bergschrund
crossing the bergschrund
Rock Climbing Photo: Granite blocks on top of the Dana Plateau
Granite blocks on top of the Dana Plateau
Rock Climbing Photo: Snow
Snow
Rock Climbing Photo: Duck showing the way back down the Dana Plateau fr...
Duck showing the way back down the Dana Plateau fr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Packing up.
Packing up.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tioga Lake early in the morning.
Tioga Lake early in the morning.

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By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
Jul 11, 2014
Thanks Josh Janes for contributing the other Dana area and route pages. I'm working on moving your content into Eric Burts's older pages.
By Josh Janes
General Admin
Jul 11, 2014
What does that mean? Cuz technically speaking Eric's content is located in the wrong spot (Tuolumne) and mine was in the right spot (the High Sierras)...
By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
Jul 17, 2014
Where's Dana now? Where's Dana now? I know, it's been a little confusing to follow, but John Robinson and I agreed to reorganize the areas outside the park into their own Lee Vining Canyon area.

With the current toolset for Mountain Project admins, it's no longer intended to be just an old collection of individual's web pages like SummitPost, but rather an index of unique areas and routes.

So in this case, since there were two sets of Dana Plateau areas and regular routes, we're using the tools to combine them into one.

Generally when there are duplicate pages in MP, I keep the oldest one, and merge the newer one's content into that, giving credit where due manually -- since they were done before the new "Improve This Page" feature launched, and starting automatically crediting collaborations.

But since Eric Burt's page says he hasn't logged in in eight years, would you like me to make you owner of the Dana area and route pages that you'd done the duplicate copies of, Josh? Let me know.
By Josh Janes
General Admin
Jul 24, 2014
Yes. Please do.

And a Lee Vining Canyon area is a fine idea.
By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
Jul 25, 2014
There ya go Josh! Sorry to make you wait 8 years for that, har.

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