Elizabeth Lake Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Elizabeth Lake Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible from May until October.

5.0 miles 872 feet Out & Back

kid friendly







wild flowers


no dogs

A glacier-carved alpine lake located at the base of Unicorn Peak offers scenic views and tranquility. Elizabeth Lake (9,487 feet) is located at the base of Unicorn Peak (10,823 feet) and easily accessible from the Tuolumne Meadows campground. The Elizabeth Lake trail begins in the B loop of the campground, rises gradually along Unicorn Creek for about 2.3 miles, and gains 1,000 feet in elevation change to reach the lake. You need to cross the creek to reach the lake side at the end of trail. In the snow melting season, the creek may be too deep and swift to cross. For people who seek solitude and tranquility, this is a good hike to enjoy in the Tuolumne Meadows area.

4 months ago

Grate hike easy grade - boggy at the lake in late June

1 year ago

Started early on this 2.5 mile 1000 foot climb in to the beautiful lakes that rests
at the foot of the granite cliffs leading to Unicorn pt. Nobody there when we arrived...met 70 people and mules on
our way out before noon. Allow an extra mile of walking if you circle the lake on the trails. Trout..Mule Deer..and tree frogs along the hike. Tough inbound for us 50 year olds...the teens had no problems.

1 year ago

Easy hike with a great payoff. An awesome view of Unicorn peek next to a beautiful alpine lake

2 years ago

loved this trail, it's a great hike for getting use to the high attitude in Yosemite. We hiked it in early September and the weather was great. be sure to take a fishing pool with you!

2 years ago

This is an easy hike from the Tuolomne Meadows Campground area. The hike is an out and back up to a Elizabeth Lake, which is ringed by beautiful peaks. The lake itself is calm and relatively warm (for the area).

3 years ago

Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park, Ca is a gentle, picturesque hike under Unicorn Peak. About 4 1/2 miles (add about a mile if you walk around the lake) out/back. This is a great half day hike after a midday arrival to the park. Access the trailhead from the Tuolomne campground, beyond loop B (follow the signs).

5 years ago

A nice alpine lake to visit as a afternoon walk from Tuolumne Meadows campground.