Hike on Dana Plateau


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Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 4, 2008 - 01:57am PT
Not a climbing day, but a lot of you know Dana Plateau on your way to 3rd Pillar of Dana. Debbie likes to go up there looking for plants. I can assure you that the wikipedia page greatly understates what is going on up there, at least in terms of botany.

Debbie on the relic medial moraine of the Dana Glacier at the south edge of the plateau

We stopped by to see if anyone was on the route, of course... and found some packs. Here's a shot from the west from the descent buttress.

I'll write up the botany bits and post a link later.... there was a climbing party on the route just finishing up. Didn't get the leader, but did get the second.

If you're the climbing party and are interested in some prints of these, email me...

Social climber
My Inner Nut
Aug 4, 2008 - 02:19am PT
Nice outing, Ed. Looking froward to the flora report.

Trad climber
Aug 4, 2008 - 03:09am PT
I'm supposed to be there soon but I might have to bail :-(

Trad climber
Butte, America
Aug 4, 2008 - 11:21am PT
Thanks for sharing, Ed--nice perspectives.

Flat-faced Buddha Cat City
Aug 4, 2008 - 12:57pm PT
Great photos, Ed.

(Now I want to do the climb that other party was on...it looks spectacular.)
dr. jay

petaluma, ca
Aug 4, 2008 - 01:07pm PT
well i guess the smoke has cleared a bit. here's a shot from a month ago:


Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Aug 4, 2008 - 02:46pm PT
Those last two pitches of the third pillar are pure climbing heaven. Thanks for posting Ed.

chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Aug 4, 2008 - 02:54pm PT
Dana Plateau...ahhhhh, love those ...Sky pilots...how high can you fly.

looking forward to the flora pics too..

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Sep 18, 2009 - 10:33pm PT

Really great shots Ed

Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Sep 18, 2009 - 11:18pm PT
Hey Ed, Awesome, one of our favorite places in the Sierra, unique with its botany having not been covered by ice. Who would have ever guessed the "best 5.9 in the universe" would have followed? Those who love the mountains will continue to climb for as long as we can..........Berg Heil! Any urge for something other than an OW drop me a PM (or if you a skier, the season approaches).

Charlie D.

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 19, 2009 - 04:24pm PT
Dana Plateau is a marvelous hike on its own. Stupendous views. Few other people. Came across a burrowing owl up there a few years ago. Went up last year on my birthday with climbing buddy and my wife for a very fun morning's walk. Wandered all around, peered over the cliffs and scoped the 3d pillar "approach" descent. Lunched at the southwest corner of the plateau watching a party we'd met at the car finish the Dana couloir.
Please tread lightly up there. Hop the boulders and scree as much as you can. Avoid treading on the flora.
hungry man

Trad climber
Sep 19, 2009 - 04:37pm PT
wow! Thanks Ed. That last shot is amazing. I need to go over there some time.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Sep 19, 2009 - 06:25pm PT
Yes, please tread lightly

You don't want to stir the wrath of our own Bobbo Locke and Bardini, forever Guardians of the Plateau and Couloir.

Then again, they are probably knocking down a couple of brewskis and would welcome an occasional visitor.

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Sep 19, 2009 - 06:47pm PT
that route is epic. thanks for sharing
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 15, 2010 - 02:45pm PT
another reason to venture up on Dana Plateau...

flower hike

both for the botany and the geology, it is part of the Earth's surface before the uplift (25 million years ago) and untouched by the glaciers...

Selix arctica (arctic willow)

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Aug 15, 2010 - 03:04pm PT
Thanks for posting that link. Here's a late 1980s scanned slide looking across the plateau back toward Mt Dana.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Oct 27, 2013 - 03:18pm PT
Here's a shot I took this September of Mt Dana, Dana Glacier, and Dana Couloir from a little mound on Dana Plateau:

And here's a moonscape looking across the Plateau last year. Definitely a nice place to hang out and chill:

Here's a shot of the whole Dana Plateau taken from Lee Vining Canyon this October when the aspens turn:

You can definitely see how Jack Kerouac and his Dharma bum pals used to hang on the East Side and live out the 'song of the open road' they inherited from Walt Whitman.

California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Oct 27, 2013 - 05:07pm PT
Great photos, Bruce.
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Oct 27, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
Like Ed Hartoni says, Dana Plateau is a great place to visit, even if you don't climb the 3rd Pillar route. It's also got the best Verizon internet connection in the Meadows. Point-to-point line of sight to the transponder in Lee Vining.
east side underground

Hilton crk,ca
Oct 27, 2013 - 06:27pm PT
it's almost the season.....
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