Clark Range, Sierra Nevada California

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Clark Range

The Clark Mountain Range in Yosemite National Park is a sub-range of the Sierra Nevada Range and offers not only panoramic views for visitors, but also many exciting outdoor adventures. Read More

  • Take advantage of the panoramic views and exciting outdoor adventures in the Clark Mountain Range in Yosemite
  • You’ll see the impressive Mount Clark from a number of spots throughout the park
  • Take off from Mono Meadows to hike into the Clark Range
  • Climb Mount Clark for a thrilling adventure

Overview

The Clark Mountains CA can be spotted in the distance when you see the distinctive finlike shape of Mount Clark. Able to be viewed from a number of locations within Yosemite National Park, this range is most impressive and inspiring.

Location & Information

The California Clark Mountains stretch 15 miles through the southeastern section of Yosemite National Park. To access them, you have to hike into the region. To do this you can take the Mono Meadow Trail from Glacier Point Road, or via Happy Isles in the Yosemite Valley.

The best time to hike or climb in the Clark Mountains is from May to October. With snow on the ground, the approach can be very arduous. Early in the season, when the waters are running high, crossing the Illilouette Creek can be especially difficult because there is no bridge.

Contact information: 209-372-0200

Activities

  • Hiking
    Hiking in the Clark Mountains can be a challenging experience. There is one trail from Mono Meadows off the Glacier Point Road and another from Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley. Both take you into the backcountry, with unparalleled scenic views.
  • Backpacking
    For a great backpacking adventure, you can take a strenuous loop trail of 50.6 miles taking you into the Clark Range and crossing it at the Red Peak Pass. This trail starts and ends in Yosemite Valley at Happy Isles.
  • Climbing
    The Clark Mountains California holds one of the 33 peaks in the Sierras that offer excellent climbing, Mount Clark. For particularly stunning views and an exciting climb, take the Northwest Arete.
  • Wildlife Watching
    As you explore this area, you are sure to see deer, raccoon, coyote, bear and lots more of the wildlife who live here.

Fun Facts

The range itself is named after Mount Clark, which takes the name of one of the earliest explorers of Yosemite, Galen Clark. Clark moved into the Yosemite Valley in 1856, for health reasons. He got well from his ailment and lived another 54 years, greeting visitors, exploring the park, studying the Giant Sequoias and making a reputation for himself as a revered host and nature protector.

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