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hiking
1 month ago

Flat for 1.5, then steep to the lakes for another 1.5. The lakes are pretty. No mosquitoes when we were there mid October.

2 months ago

We had a wonderful guided tour with Ranger Jacqueline Ramirez. This is an absolutely beautiful Trail. We tried to hike up now coughing but it was just too strenuous. Even if you go a little way the views are spectacular

backpacking
2 months ago

I completed the five Camp Circuit last week at the end of the season. It was very enjoyable as the weather was fine, no mesquites, and great people.

Great hike! Ran into a rattlesnake and saw coyote and a couple deer. Amazing views, several water stops. Great for a quick dip!

Nice hike up to the lake and not too strenuous. Unfortunately the day we went it’s was very hazy due to a wildfire outside the west side of the park so visibility wasn’t great. We also walked on for another mile or two to extend the hike. Bug spray is a must!

Hiked to May Lake day after Independence Day after landing a wilderness permit the week before. It's a 2 mi drive via a potholed road to the trail head. Once parked, make sure you pay attention to the trail head signs, there's 2 trails leaving the lot. A moderate 2 mi hike takes you to Lake May and the High Seirra Camp. After finding a crowded campground, decided to hike 2 more miles past the lake to fine solitude. Came upon a beautiful pond surrounded by granite and meadows - postcard picture perfect hiking/camping! The site was beyond the NPS wilderness camp arrow head and below 9,400' so campfires were permitted. Only complaint were the mosquitos, make sure to bring bug spray, it's worked but had to apply every 20-30 min. Absolutely awesome moderate hike! On the return hike, cast my fly into Lake May, but not a sign of any fish - though was greeted by a woodchuck ;)

hiking
5 months ago

Great Hike!

backpacking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

the hike itself was rewarding carrying a ~30 lb pack but the mosquitos made it a point for me to remember them, lol

backpacking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Yosemite classic of fantastic trails and campsites. Makes you think twice about planning your summer trip to Yosemite Valley because after this hike you are only gonna want to do this hike. Each camp is roughly 8 miles apart, making it not difficult to get to each campsite. Just the right amount of work out and then celebrating being at your next campsite. Fantastic views each day and every day is special on this trail. Can't say enough good things about it

backpacking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

This is no kiddie climb up to Sunrise Lakes. Once you are at the lakes it's excellent for a mud bath. Beautiful view of Half Dome and into Yosemite Valley when you are done with the switchbacks

backpacking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We get there in the middle of summer on July 6, 2017 right after Tioga Rd 120 was opened. Unexpectedly for people from the Bay area Toulomne pass was covered by snow... and we did not have an ice drill for fishing in the lakes...

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2016

July 2015 // Ugh! That 1 mile, 1000 ft elevation gain stretch of the trail was tough!!! But the lakes were beautiful. You have to trek a little ways off the trail to get to lake #2 but it's worth seeing. We've camped here before. There's an island swimmers can swim to. If you fish, check out lake #3. Lots of brookies. And you'll run into fewer people here. Very peaceful. We even saw a peregrine falcon circling overhead. What a treat!

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

This is a busy trail located in the Tenaya lake area of Yosemite national park. The trip can be to the Sunrise lakes or to the high sierra camp. Since this is the beginning of a few trails such as the hike to Clouds rest, it is a busy trail.

Overall the hike seemed to me to have three sections, the first section near the Tenaya lake is mostly flat and very good. Lots of trees. The middle section is a steep switchback area which seemed to go on for a long time. I found myself wondering how long this would last as most people seemed to slow and need extra time to get through here. However after reading the top, the trail splits, and you continue up to Sunrise lakes, which is great for backpackers. There are three lakes, one a little off trail you will need to look for, but all are pretty and set in a beautiful location.

Overall I recommend these lakes if you want to see as much of Yosemite as I do. Your legs maybe a bit sore afterwards as mine were, but definitely its worth checking out.

backpacking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Easy, gradual ascent from Tenaya Lake trailhead for about 1.5 miles, then some really brutal switchbacks for another mile, with a 1000 ft gain. That section was by far the most difficult part of our 3 day hike from Tenaya to Yosemite Valley. We camped at the first lake and it was near perfect. Great spot right by the water with nice flat sections for tents and a great granite shelf for cooking. The water temperature in late August was absolutely perfect, and there were no bugs to speak of.

I have never seem so many Mosquitos in my life. Pure torture. They swarm.

camping
Friday, January 31, 2014

Switchbacks are brutal from Tenaya Lake. Otherwise a lovely spot. Makes a nice loop to Cathedral Lake and Tuolumne Meadows if you don't mind hitching a ride back to Tenaya.

hiking
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Very low usage, at least when I was there. Insultingly beautiful at times; when you crest the hill, head to the right a bit and keep an eye out for a magnificent panorama view. Extremely serene place to be. I have heard of very large swarms of mosquitors in mid-Summer, though by the time I got there (mid-August), they were totally absent.

hiking
Friday, July 19, 2013

I went in the opposite direction, from May Lake to Sunrise Lakes. The downhill from May Lake to Teyana Lake is nice and easy, but the climb from Teyana to Sunrise is mostly steep and unrelenting. It is very cool to look across the valley and see where you were earlier that same day, the peaks that tower above May Lake, There's not much water between Teyana and Sunrise Lakes so fill up at the bottom. The lakes themselves are a good place to take a quick dip after a hot climb. And although I didn't stay there that night (I went ahead to Cathedral Lakes), the backpackers campground at Sunrise High Sierrra Camp had great views overlooking a huge meadow.

camping
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Wowwww...Three lakes to choose from, but I think the one closest to Tenaya is my favorite. It has amazing camping spots over to the right with staggered rock platforms for tents etc. The lake was beautiful with half granite, half forest surrounding the lake itself. Fishing was the best I've seen in the area with huge Rainbow trout which snapped my 5lb leader twice. Note that in late July, it's mosquito feeding time, and you are dinner. We set up tents on the rocks to have a screen room to protect us from their attacks which do come in waves. lol. I've been to many lakes and this is one I plan on returning to in the future.

hiking
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Completed this hike on 8-3-12. If you can survive the switch backs, the trail is well worth the effort! Beautiful day hike with lunch at the first lake on the rocks. Yosemite is a favorite destination, especially the high country hikes during the summer months!

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