Ten Lakes Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Ten Lakes Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

12.7 miles 3127 feet Out & Back





nature trips





wild flowers


no dogs

Directions from Arch Rock Entrance: Travel along the Merced River on Highway 140 to the Old Big Oak Flat Road junction. Turn left on to Old Big Oak Flat Road and drive 9.5 miles to Tioga Road. Turn right on Tioga Road and travel 19.5 miles to the Ten Lakes Trailhead.

3 months ago

The hike can be a bit rough for back packing, there is a good easy steady climb for about 4 miles to a beautiful meadow, then some crazy steep and rocky switch backs for around a mile that will top off at above 9,500 with some awesome views, then a 1000ft rocky switch back descent to the main lake. I would rate this trail as moderate to advanced for backpacking. The main lake has trout in it and is great for fishing, the upper lakes are void of any trout to save the Yosemite frog, so if you hike to the upper lakes which are beautiful don't bother bringing a fishing pole. The views from the lake are awesome, great spots to camp and not to many bugs in early August. 6 miles and a 2,300 hike up switch backs makes for a long day be prepared.

4 months ago

fly fishing
10 months ago

1 year ago

Beautiful trail - some great day hikes around 10 lakes basin once you get in there as well.

2 years ago

Great hike! Pretty views. Lots of overnight spots.

3 years ago

This can be a tough climb, this trail has many dramatic elevation changes but it is well worth it! The lake side camping is awesome and the scenery is unforgettable.

3 years ago

Just finished a 3 day backpacking excursion with Jorge and it was amazing!!! Great scenery, a little rough at times but not hard.

Would do again!!!

6 years ago

had a blast great views and a differnt area for us to camp in then usual