Great trail- been up it multiple times, the views are just incredibly breathtaking! Go in the summer and you can swim in the upper pools.

Loved it! Was there on Saturday 2/29. Saw about 20 other hikers, no wildlife. Temperature was 51 for the high, we were mostly ok with long sleeve shirts. A little chilly once we got to the top where there was a little snow. We started the hike around 8:30 and were back by 1:40, stopped to take lots of photos & rested at the top for lunch. Highly recommend!

Glacier Point Road closed to vehicle traffic in winter. From badger Pass it is 4.3 miles to ostrander trailhead. Then the trail up and back. I did not make it to the lake this time. Leave very early to get in the complete hike. Snow on road to trailhead all the way. Everybody on cross country skis or snowshoes. No need. I wore my regular hiking boots with wool socks.

Gorgeous hike! Started around 9am and got back to my car around 2:30pm but I stopped multiple times for photo ops and I spent an hour on top of the falls eating lunch and enjoying the scenery. I didnt run into any wildlife today and also didnt see one person on the trail the entire time. This hike is super serene and a hidden gem. Sitting on top of the falls and looking out into the valley was so worth the elevation climb!

Worth the payoff. Secluded

Amazing views. Several levels of the falls. I went January of 2019, so the snow prevented me from going any higher without show shoes, but an excellent day hike.

This hike was outstanding. Challenging up hill to the top and quick pace back down. Truly beautiful waterfalls and lookouts. Magical !

A decent hike, not too challenging. And beautiful views throughout the hike. Definitely a good hike to do if you want to stay out of the valley.

Great trail. Portions are paved and it is pretty well maintained. Easy to follow. We took our dogs and they did well. More folks on it closer to the road. We didn’t see anyone, but it was winter.

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bugs
muddy
6 months ago

Great hike! Not steep at all. Muddy at places. Lots of horses and horse droppings. Beautiful meadow views with mountains in the background. Difficult to find the trail at the end but you can just follow the road.

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muddy
over grown
6 months ago

The lake was ok but the view just before the lake was amazing. The trail was a little muddy and dusty at the same time. The best part was we saw no one the entire trip!

Great trail for a day hike. We went to Tuolumne Falls instead of Glen Aulin. Great day!

This is a great day hike. Moderate elevation change with the steepest at the early portion of the trail. Great family hike as well with good opportunity for early teens to get some experience boldering and exploring the mountain slopes around the lake. Lake is beautiful as are the view of Cathedral Peak.

Nice scenic Trail for this elevation. Signs of wild animals abound. Not much by way of water but the upper Falls still have some as well as the lower Falls. Good simple hike.

After hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls yesterday, I found this hike harder than expected because I was worn down, my arthritis was killing me, and because of the steep climb/high elevation. Cathedral Lake was peaceful and beautiful, which made the hike worthwhile.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Lots of roots and rocks. Mostly in the shade, great views from the top.

Lovely walk, mostly flat with grey autumn views. We wandered as a family and took 2 hours. It was fun to read the placards about how the space has been used over the years.

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rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Great trail! Loved how beautiful the lake was. Super quiet up there, you could hear the wind blowing thru the trees and the small waves on the lake. Highly recommend it! The last 1.5 miles was the butt kicker part. That was the inclination part of the trail. The first 3-4 miles was very easy and kinda like a walk thru the meadows and some forest areas. But it is totally worth it all in the end! You won’t regret doing it. Definitely going to be doing this one again!

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rocky
7 months ago

Beautiful trail! Super easy hike & probably one of my favorites at Yosemite. The views are breathtaking.

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rocky
7 months ago

Hands down worth the hike to both lakes ! Views were incredible .

super easy hike. AMAZING view. well worth the 25 min walk in. lucky to have gotten a beautiful late october day to see this with very few other people there.

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off trail
7 months ago

Great trail! Starts with a steep mile uphill, then evens out and you climb some more. The Lower Lake is beautiful, but we thought the Upper Lake was even better (no matter what the brochures say). We did it in 5 hours and 15 minutes, but we chilled for half an hour at the Lower and half an hour at the Upper Lake.

Went at night to stargaze— highly recommended!

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