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The Notch Mountain Trail is 9 miles from trailhead to trailhead. The route visits numerous lakes and climbs through a famous high mountain pass. The Notch Mountain Trail provides a day hike or and overnight backpack.
The basic route can be completed in 5 to 6 hours. Exploring several spur trails to various lakes will require an additional 1 to 2 hours. All hikers in your party should carry a minimum of one liter of water. Water is plentiful in this area, but all water taken from lakes and streams should be filtered before drinking.
The route contains no real obstacles. Experienced and intermediate hikers will have no problems with this route. Novice hikers will need to pay attention to their map and route description. The Notch Mountain Trail is rated 1 III using the Yosemite Decimal System. Navigation for this route is easy. A GPS is useful in identifying waypoints and verifying your location. Good map reading skills are helpful. It should be noted that due to new trail construction and trail realignment the USGS maps are not accurate in relation to trail location. The trails are correctly located on the map provided.
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