From Lee Vining, go south on Highway 395. Turn east on 120 toward Benton, then turn left to Mono Lake.
Seeing Mono Lake under several inches of fresh snowfall was amazing. I drove south from Lee Vining before dawn, and it was snowing. The only other vehicle on the Hwy 395 was a plow. The next two roads I traveled weren't plowed, but I had scouted the area the day before when there was no snow and knew my little Honda could make it without a stop to put on my chains. No one else was at South Tufa Beach, and the silence was spiritual. Not a footprint was to be seen. There was no colorful sunrise, but I didn't need it. The clouds and wintry blues showed exactly what the scene felt like: cold, isolated, and beautiful.