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Loved it. Lots of gnats. Extra protein or breathe out of your nose!

Hiked up with the start of a previous recording. Not the trailhead!!! See pics make sure you park at the lot across the road with the dumpsters. While approaching the TH you will see a sign for El Captain that’s the trailhead. Def allot of bushwhacking and bugs make sure you have a face mask. Spray didn’t do us justice. Not maintained well but awesome valley view from a different vantage point. Did it on a Saturday when we wanted to be away from the crowds. If you make it to El Cap it would be topside view down about 10 miles one way. Hope this helps out.

12 miles round trip from Quartz Mountain Trail head to middle lake. Easily doable in a day, in and out, but pretty uphill on the way in. About 3 hours up and 2 hours back with a daypack.

Nice walk, but bring bug spray.

backpacking
1 month ago

Ideal backpacking trip if you want to take first-timers with you! It was surprisingly cold (October 6th) but seeing the lake surrounded by fresh snow was magical.

backpacking
1 month ago

We - five somewhat-fit middle-aged guys with packs ranging in the mid 30s to mid 40s - covered the hike in five hours. We used an AllTrails GPX file downloaded to a Garmin watch to assist with navigation, and it was very helpful in the last 3/4 of a mile to find our way to Nelson Lake coming out of Echo Creek valley. While the hike was a bit strenuous, recorded at 9 miles and 2K ft in climbing, the views and destination were worth it. We pretty much had the trails and the lake to ourselves. For the fishermen, one of our group brought a fishing rod and caught five trout over about a 90 minute period (using a small spinning lure). I highly recommend this trail. If you're traveling in the fall, be prepared for some changing weather. We experienced a couple of small snow flurries plus a night of howling wind.

Great hike. Lakes are beautiful. It was very windy at the first, second and third lake. Great in the summer

I enjoyed the views ... but it is nowhere near 34 miles. It is closer to 20 miles. I went counterclockwise and found it moderate only because I was carrying a pack. It could easily be done as a day hike.

Beautiful! The pools and view and the top was well worth what for me was a challenging hike. The beginning is pretty steep but luckily for me the vast majority is steady and mild elevation gain.

The pools are awesome at the top. Nature’s infinity pool!

This was my all time favorite hike.We did it over six nights so we could enjoy every second and we did.Hope to do it again some day!

Three of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen. We backpacked in via the glen Aulin trail which is beautiful but that last 1.5 miles to the lake is tough- seemed to take forever. Temperatures are very cold at night so if you camp bring warm clothes (we had frost on our tent on August 29). Our second day we slack packed to the two upper lakes- each more beautiful than the last - don’t miss them, although the trail is hard to find in places. TIP - remember where you entered to the lakes so you find the trail out! The dog lake trail out on day three is strenuous but beautiful- make sure you go to soda springs at the junction near the end or you will end up at the wilderness center. If you start early you can do this hike in one day but you won’t have as much time to enjoy the lakes.

solid hike up to a beautiful viewpoint that has lots of exploration potential and swimming holes. got on the trail around 5pm and only saw a few other groups. lots of annoying flies! there was at least 2 piles of bear poo and on the way back heard 2 large creatures scramble away in the bush so be aware!

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike, trail well marked and no snow on trail over Labor Day weekend. Loved the view going on the Dog Lake Trail side. Glen Aulin Trail is good while you are in Tuolumne Meadows IMO, and it’s wooded going towards Young Lakes. At Young Lakes, best campsites appear to be on the north side and northwest side. Beautiful sunrise hitting Ragged Peak.
Ranger reported that there is often a bear at Young Lake, we did not see any.
Fantastic hike, great for a short trip :)

The trail to Lake Tilden from Racheria Falls was demanding giving the gift of time. Moments were everlasting to make me want more in the future. Best part was view of a canyon at Jack Main trailhead.

This was a great hike and so beautiful. As we made our way back down the trail we stopped by the river to rest and eat. Within about 20 min we seen a huge bear coming down the trail we were just on. The bear didn’t pay anything attention to us and just kept on traveling. We waited till we seen some other hikers coming so we had someone to walk down with because like other people have said it is a pretty quiet trail. Didn’t see anyone at the top and only passed one other couple going up. If your looking for a beautiful hike without a lot of people this hike is awesome.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike on 08/19/18 thru 08/21/18 via the Dog Lake Trail and returned via the Glen Aulin. It is a constant climb that can be strenuous at times. Had a little trouble getting acclimated to the altitude. Of course, the return is an easy down hill for the most part. There were 3-4 tents at the lower lake. I stayed at the middle lake and there was only one other group there. Middle Lake is loaded with brook trout, but he upper lake is an anglers paradise. Caught FIFTEEN trout there in under an hour for a total of 23 fish. I used spinner lures. Due to the near by fire, it was not crowded as expected. Plan on doing this again next year.

backpacking
2 months ago

I'm interested in taking the Chiquito Pass Trail up into Yosemite toward Crescent Lake and Johnson Lake with my daughter for a few days, and then connect with the Chilnualna Falls Trail that takes me down Wawona Dome and into North Wawona where we have a cabin right by the trailhead. I am planning on driving up Beasore Road and then on to the 5S04 to catch the start of the Chiquito trail there. I have a question: will a Lexus SUV (RX330 survive the 5S04 or am I taking a lot of risk to drive the couple of miles on that road? From Google Earth it doesn't look that bad.

longer than expected... well worth the walk! beautiful views. clear paths. well marked.

We did this trail from Quartz mountain trail head, on July 12 we had a bit on rain on the hike in, plus rain that night, we camped up in the rocks way above the 2nd lake to get away from the mosquitos I would rate the mosquitos as moderate, plenary of sunshine Friday, a bit of smoke on Saturday due to the fire near the entrance to Yosemite. All in all a great trip and the fly fishing was good with brook trout, browns and rainbows. By Sunday the hike back to the trail head was a bit hazy due to smoke. Day time and night time temps where great, down sleeping bag was over kill.

The top falls are worth the hike. Smoke every where right now because of the Ferguson Fire. south part of the park a little bit better.

backpacking
4 months ago

We (four fit moms) covered this trail in 4.5 hours (one way) with one lunch break. It was beautiful and do-able. But wouldn’t recommend it without a strong sense of adventure and direction as the trail often disappears. This app was crucial in helping us find and stay on the trail. The trip can be two days easy with tons of down time. And if you love the quiet, wilderness and few to NO people this place is for you. We left on Friday and didn’t see anyone else til we headed back on Saturday - around Elizabeth Lake.

backpacking
4 months ago

we had a great time doing this trail, although it was warm and humid the 1st day, we ended up on top of El Capitan, the view was spectacular. The Yosemite Falls was beautiful, boys did some swimming while enjoy the view, the downside is the crowd. the creeks start to dry out in this time of the yr ( mid July)

backpacking
4 months ago

Absolutely LOVED this hike! we love hiking on vacation every year, but being from Florida means that's about the only time we are able to do it. We are not in amazing shape, but not horrible either. I will say that the hike in (via Dog Lake Trail) was pretty intense for us. We were praying for no more uphill climbing & begging for the lake to finally come into view! We still have a hard time believing that the mountain trail distance markers are right...they sure do seem like the longest miles on the face of the planet! Lol We got a pretty late start (about 1pm) so it was a bit hotter than we liked. However, majority of the time there was a nice breeze and the woods kept a nice comfortable temp. I have to say that this was one of the prettiest hikes throughout the entire trail that we have done. Some trails are all about the destination. This one was beautiful the entire time. The destination did not disappoint by any stretch of the imagination! The lakes were absolutely breathtaking! I definitely recommend not setting up camp immediately when entering the area around the lake. As tired as we were, we decided to hike around the lake a bit to look for the best spot. We crossed the falling creek about 1/4 of the way around the lake and found "the perfect" hard spot just up in the trees. Nobody else camped on that side of the creek. So we were pretty much all by ourselves over there with the sound of the waterfalls on the creek to lull us to sleep at night. We also had our own flat rock on the lake to go sit out on every night and every morning. Couldn't have asked for a better more tranquil setting! Then the hike up to the 2 other upper lakes was just as if not more awe inspiring than the 1st lake! The hike out via Glen Aulin trail was a very gradual decent and very picturesque as well. We spent 3 days total...Day 1 (started super late) hiked in from 1pm - 5pm then set up camp & just enjoyed the area. Day 2 we hiked up to the upper lakes from about 8am until about 3pm. Did some fishing back at the bottom lake & just relaxed rest of the day. Day 3 we packed up and headed out about 8am and arrived at our car at 11:30am. Absolutely the most peaceful and relaxing backpacking trip we have ever done! Well worth the work!

spectacular scenery from Ten Lakes Pass, then even better once you round the shoulder on Tuolemne Peak. Big ups and downs. We started at Ten Lakes trailhead, took side trail after the pass to Grant Lake for 1st overnight, then took shorter hike to campspot at Ten Lakes, rested for the afternoon. 3rd day we hiked to Polly Dome Lake and 4th day we walked out to Tenaya Lake/ Toiga Road and hitched back to our car.

backpacking
4 months ago

Great backpacking loop! Had a fantastic time this last weekend. Minimal bugs, fishing was tough but we caught 4 rainbows on spinning rods (should have brought fly rod), water was warm enough to swim comfortably. Headed up the west trail and down the east trail, highly suggest this route.

hiking
4 months ago

Did not do the trail but followed the river up to awesome swimming holes and waterfalls. First three lower holes you will see people but the farther up, its secluded enough to skinny dip!

Awesome trail! We parked our car in the backpacker parking and then took the El Captain shuttle as close to the trailhead as we could get. This added about 5 extra miles to our first day, but with our route it was the best option. We combined the Pohono with the Panorama Trail and ended with the John Muir taking us back to the valley. If you don‘t mind the pain and want to do some backpacking then this route was perfect for us. The first day going nonstop uphill is killer, but luckily there are some nice water crossings where you can fill up your filter and splash your face. We really enjoyed Yosemite in early June and were fortunate to see beautiful views without a myriad of other people.

It's off the beaten path and not very crowded..This was such an amazing hike! I had a blast doing it and the view was pretty good. I hike around the other side of the gorge to get a picture of all the falls and it came out great. Don't recommend that for a lot of people as the other side has no real Trail and you end up doing a lot of bushwhacking. Still met some great people and saw some amazing scenery!

4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Lots of trees and the views at the top are amazing. We hiked in August and the water was moving slow. There were a few pools at the top that we swam in. My legs started to give out on the way down, but I’m not in the best of shape.

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