Lee Vining is best known for two things. One is that it overlooks Mono Lake, a large, shallow shallow, saline soda lake formed at least 760,000 years ago. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salt to accumulate in the lake. The other thing that Lee Vining is known for is that it sets at the bottom of the road that leads to Tioga Pass, the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park. We stayed in Mono Vista RV Park in Lee Vining, a very nice little park. We wanted to take a day to drive up to Tioga Pass, and then visit some of the sites in the high country of Yosemite. Staying in Lee Vining is perfect because it is so close to the park entrance, although the entrance is at a 10,000 foot elevation. Quite a climb up the Tioga Pass Road. This borrowed photo does not begin to reflect the sheer and exhilerating ascent or descent. Woohoo!
All of this and more within an hour of Lee Vining…once you get through the line of cars wanting to get into Yosemite…even at 10,000 feet.