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Routes in Dana Plateau

Lenticular Limbo T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Third Pillar, Regular Route T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a


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 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.

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Justin Johnsen
Nor Cal
Justin Johnsen   Nor Cal  
There ya go Josh! Sorry to make you wait 8 years for that, har. Jul 25, 2014
Josh Janes    
Yes. Please do.

And a Lee Vining Canyon area is a fine idea. Jul 24, 2014
Justin Johnsen
Nor Cal
Justin Johnsen   Nor Cal  
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. Jul 17, 2014
Josh Janes    
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)... Jul 11, 2014
Justin Johnsen
Nor Cal
Justin Johnsen   Nor Cal  
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. Jul 11, 2014

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