• The Minaret Vista loop is a short scenic trail beginning and ending at the Minaret Vista parking and interpretive area. The trail descends briefly to the north then loops around east and south back to the parking area, winding through a grove of wind-beaten whitebark pines and affording sweeping views stretching from the Ritter Range and the southern edge of Yosemite National Park all the way to the White Mountains and the Nevada border. Patches of open high alpine tundra are dotted with low-lying wildflowers in mid-summer.

  • The Minaret Vista loop is a short scenic trail beginning and ending at the Minaret Vista parking and interpretive area. The trail descends briefly to the north then loops around east and south back to the parking area, winding through a grove of wind-beaten whitebark pines and affording sweeping views stretching from the Ritter Range and the southern edge of Yosemite National Park all the way to the White Mountains and the Nevada border. Patches of open high alpine tundra are dotted with low-lying wildflowers in mid-summer.

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  • 05/22/2017: Thanks to the drought busting winter of 2017, trails above 7500 ft are still covered in snow. Please check back for updates.
  • Trail Activities

    • Hiking
    • Interpretive

    Public Services

    Trail Information

    • Typical grade 7% - (Maximum 20% for 18 feet)
    • Typical cross slope 3% - (Maximum 13% for 35 feet)
    • Typical width at trail surface 26 feet
    • Soil
    • A standard ramp is 8%. Conditions subject to change.

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Experience Rating Length (mi) Surface Duration
Hiking the Sierra Crest from Minaret Vista to Deadman Pass 4.1 Soil Less than 4 hours
Photography at Minaret Vista 0.2 Soil Less than 4 hours
Vista Viewing from the Minaret Vista 0.2 Mixed Less than 4 hours
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