When we usually road trip to Napa we make a stop in both LA and SF, but this time on our way back we decided to go the long, scenic route and stop in South Tufa in Mono Lake California.
Mono Lake is a saline soda lake that is almost 3 million years in the making and is twice as salty as the sea. It lies at the western edge of the Great Basin and has an otherworldly feel especially with their cream-colored tufa towers. These tufa towers were formed when calcium rich spring water bubbled up from the bottom of the lake. They were all once underwater, but are now revealed as the water level has declined. Back in the day, Los Angeles redirected a lot of the water to support its growing city and almost caused an ecological collapse, but now they are working on conserving Mono Lake.
Tips for your visit to Mono Lake California:
- We made 3 stops, but if you only have time to stop in one spot, go to South Tufa.
- Bring water and maybe a sunhat as there is no shade on the trail.
- Be sure to check the webcam to see the weather beforehand.
- There is a large parking lot available and is a short and easy hike to the lakeshore.
- When visiting Mono Lake, the best time is sunrise or sunset.
- Our annual National Parks passes work here but not Yosemite passes.
- It’s right next to Yosemite, so you can see both on the same trip.