Explore the most popular Lake trails in Yosemite National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
17 hours ago

Very easy if you're looking to just get out and see the lake, but LOTS of mosquitos near the west side, you need heavy-duty bug spray for that section. Nice walk by the lake but no great views of the distance. I imagine this would be pretty good for families/beginners because it's all flat

hiking
18 hours ago

as others have said, great views and not a lot of people. Went a couple days ago and the road was closed off so we added about 4 miles total walking from the parking lot up to the trailhead. Also, very close to the lake there's a great lookout point if you just scramble up the rocks - when you're almost there, the lake is off to the left and there's a rock face to the right where you get the lookout.

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bugs
muddy
snow
22 hours ago

One the most challenging hikes I’ve ever done! The views are just, breath-taking! Lots of mosquitos because of the melting snow. I would recommend hiking up and back before noon, it gets really hot at the top once you’ve cleared the tree-line.

Only went to Wapama falls. The hike was moderate but miserable. Hot sun very few spots to stop for shade. The trail is mostly climbing over rocks. Exhausting. The falls however were fabulously roaring splashing the bridges and drenching us with spray. The Hetchy canyon doesn’t even compare to the majesty of the Yosemite valley canyons. Glad I went once to see it but not a do over. #oneanddone

on Elizabeth Lake Trail

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bugs
1 day ago

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

Really nice trail with beautiful falls. It is an hour and half drive past Yosemite Valley, so plan that ahead. During the summer, it’s really (really) hot so try to come earlier in the day and bring lots of water. Is doable for all types of hikers, but yes, it was extremely hot. Other than the heat, I enjoyed this hike very much.

This was a nice trail in Yosemite. I've done alot of trailing at Yosemite and try doing something diffrent every time so this one's another one of the list. The trail is moderately long but with a long ascent to start the trail then it flattens out as you pass the granite mountain then you start descending to the trail junction to Cathedral Lakes. The trail splits to Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes, most people I talked to didn't know that and only went to the one the sign pointed to which is Lower Cathedral. I had heard how bad the mosquitoes were at Lower Cathedral and damn they didn't dissapoint, those little suckers were relentless. The area at Lower Cathedral was really nice but I swear most people only stuck a couple minutes cause off the constant harassment of the mosquitoes. I went to Upper Cathedral first and the area wasn't as nice as Lower Cathedral but the lake was nicer, clearer more swimable and you can actually hang out there a long time without a swarm of mosquitoes attacking you, just a few hear and there. Overall it was just another great trail at Yosemite and then I hit Tuolumne Meadows after that.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
snow
2 days ago

amazing hike. lots of different environments on the trail. lots of mosquitoes

I did this trail yesterday with my cousin. Her and I started this trail at around 8:00-8:30 am. On our way up the moutain, we saw 3 girls do this, two wearing hiking sandals, I even asked them "no hiking boots?!" I recommend hiking boots..At the start: we parked just outside the entrance of Yosemite. If your back is to the ranger station, the trail starts left of the sign, to the right is the meadows which a ranger will tell you to stay out of. As soon as we stepped outside the car, we were attacked by mosquitos. The trail starts in a foresty area and you'll see Dana lake which reflects the mountain in the water. This trail is filled with exotic looking vegetation/flowers. Some snow patches on the trail caused us to bypass it from the right. Lots of scree and tallus, watch your footing. touching the rocks will leave your hands red due to sediment color which runs off into the snow causing the snow to appear slightly pink. climbing up is steep and it looks like a landfill of rocks everywhere. We hit plateau and came down, we were at our car by 3pm. So if you plan to make it to the top, start super early. Also we saw total 14 hikers on this trail, so it's quiet. We saw a few marmot and took a picture of a nice but shy one hiding in the rocks. Its also a bit hard to breathe due to elevation. I recommend lots of water and tons of bug spray.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

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bugs
muddy
rocky
2 days ago

Good trail with good views. It ended up being just to easy for us and we did the whole trail in 3 1/2 hours. We were going to do it as an overnight trip but it ended up being really short and not difficult enough once we got to a campsite. I would recommend this trail to people looking for a quick day hike but not as an overnight trip. Overall good hike just not what we were looking for.

This is a gorgeous hike to several big waterfalls in Yosemite's high country. I think it is a hike that you have to finish if you get close-- all the waterfalls are at the end. You'll definitely need sunscreen and bug repellent. There are some places along the river that would be great for swimming. The toilets at Glen Aulin were open. We drank all of our water (100 ounces/each) with a mile or two to go. Distances are not perfect-- the signs going in suggest it is a 10.8-mile road trip, signs coming out add up to as much as a 12.4-mile road trip, Alltrails clocked it at 12.6 miles, a Yosemite hiking site says it is 13.1 miles and my Garmin watch said 13.8. The Tuolumne Meadows store is just a mile or two down the road from the trailhead and has anything you may need. Make sure to stop at Soda Springs either on the way up or coming out. Great hike!

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 days ago

Rocky and uphill most of the way. Not so bad, but the elevation is HIGH, so prepare to take lots of breaks, especially for kids or beginning hikers. The lake is beautiful but had plenty of mosquitoes! Quite a few families with 5-8 year olds were also on the trail. We combined it with climbing the dome and did it in 2 1/2 hours and that included eating lunch at the lake.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
snow
4 days ago

What an amazing view up top!! Started at 8:30am and got to Clouds Rest at 12:00, took an hour on the top, and got back to my car at the trailhead at 4:00. I took some time wading in the water at the end, it felt amazing. First off, the mosquitos in the morning were absolutely treacherous. There are really no words to describe how prevalent they were. I wore a bug resistant long sleeve shirt with a hood, pants, a hat and tons of big spray. I would say that the first 4-5 miles for me were horrendous with mosquitos. You couldn’t stop to rest on the switchbacks without getting swarmed. Consider yourself warned. They seemed to clear up toward the top and on the way back I didn’t notice them nearly as much as on the way up. There are still snow in patches and lots of water run off (hence the bugs). Wear your sandals on the way in because you’ll cross a creek immediately that’s about shin high. At least on 7/18/19. The switchbacks are the hardest part, especially when bugs are around like today. But the view on the top is well worth the sweat and cardio. It is absolutely stunning. I can’t believe it. So pretty.

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