Advice: Agnew Meadows to Mono Pass

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Advice: Agnew Meadows to Mono Pass

Post by Tonydavid » Sat May 11, 2019 9:29 pm

Hi trying to decide whether I'm up to going with a group of teenagers and younger adults on 8-day backpack from Agnew Meadow to Mono Pass June 19-27. The group is planning to climb 3 peaks along the route which I may or may not do. .I am 61 and in fairly good shape but I am slowing down. Did Agnew to Tuolumne Meadows in 6 days three years ago and that was tough. I would appreciate advice on the Agnew to Mono pass route and camp spots as well as general advice about the route, conditions and anything else I should know.








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Re: Advice: Agnew Meadows to Mono Pass

Post by rightstar76 » Sun May 12, 2019 2:22 am

Hi Tonydavid. Welcome to HST!

I did a search in the search box (upper right hand side above this thread) for agnew meadows mono pass. The 7th result looked promising:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=16755

The original poster did a loop starting at the Mono Pass trailhead and went south to Agnew Meadows. The first two days cover your trip in reverse.

I also want to share a post from a recent thread you might find useful since you're beginning your trip a few days after mid-June:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19293&start=10#p145584

Early season, snow on Koip Peak Pass could be a problem.

Have a great trip!

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Re: Advice: Agnew Meadows to Mono Pass

Post by SSSdave » Sun May 12, 2019 7:35 am

Last year, 2018, after a slightly below average winter snowpack, the road opened June 15. So June 19 unless one walks from the Mammoth Lodge a few miles through snow....

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Re: Advice: Agnew Meadows to Mono Pass

Post by Wandering Daisy » Sun May 12, 2019 8:02 am

Likely lots of snow and difficult conditions this year. Not sure if even the young and strong are going to have an easy trip. I came in from Tioga Road and although conditions were not bad over at the start (to Alger Lakes), the snow under melt-conditions became pretty miserable. There were some steep snow sections.
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Re: Advice: Agnew Meadows to Mono Pass

Post by Tonydavid » Sun May 12, 2019 9:25 pm

Thank you "rightstar76, SSSdave and Wondering Daisy for the responses....very helpful. Your expertise and caution and pointers are appreciated!

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Re: Advice: Agnew Meadows to Mono Pass

Post by oleander » Sun May 12, 2019 10:55 pm

Hi Tonydavid,

There are two Mono Passes in the Sierra. Which Mono Pass are you exiting - the one north of Agnew, or the one south of Agnew? [Based on your Agnew start, I'm guessing you're hiking to the northernmost Mono Pass. But wanted to check.]

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Re: Advice: Agnew Meadows to Mono Pass

Post by Tonydavid » Mon May 13, 2019 7:11 am

North.

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