- Mount Conness is an impressive 12,590 feet
- It lies on the boundary of Yosemite National Park
- You can access this peak from May to October
- Hike to the summit from Saddlebag Lake
- Climb the vertical southwest wall for a real adventure
- Fish the nearby Twenty Lakes Basin
Mount Conness California is one peak in Yosemite National Park that is a favorite with outdoor enthusiasts, especially climbers and hikers. This mountain contains the second largest glacier in Yosemite and has snow on its summit all summer.
Location & Information
Mount Conness Yosemite lies on the boundary between Yosemite National Park and the Inyo National Forest. You can access this peak either from Tuolumne Meadows (trail to Young Lakes) or Saddlebag Lake, both via Tioga Road.
Your access to Mount Conness, Tioga Road, is open from approximately late May to late October.
Contact information: 209-372-0200
Mt. Conness is not only a training ground for alpine climbing, but offers some incredible mountaineering for visitors to Yosemite. The vertical southwest wall offers one of the best climbing spot for miles around. Climbers normally camp near Tioga Pass and begin the climb at dawn. It takes about a full day to summit.
The best hike is from Saddlebag Lake, where you can find a great approach to the crest of the mountain. Hikers fall in love with this 8-mile roundtrip strenuous hike. You have to allow at least 7 hours for the adventure. You gain 3200 feet so be prepared for the altitude change.
You’ll find the Twenty Lakes Basin northeast of Mount Conness, fed by the glacier on the mountain. You can get here via the Saddlebag Lake trailhead and fish to your heart’s content.
Mt Conness California is named for John Conness, a member of the United States Senate from 1863 to 1870. He carried a bill organizing the California Geological Survey through the US Legislature, which permitted this team to conduct an extensive survey of Yosemite.