Photos of Lake Hope State Park Hiking Trails

Map isn’t quite right. Actually ended up being between 6.7 and 7.1 miles (my fiancée logged the former using ResQwalk and I logged the latter using Charity Miles).

GPS was off from the AllTrails map. The Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Trails don’t really intersect until the top most point of the map. And, sadly, we never saw falls at the top of the map (although some cool small falls in the first mile and a nice walk through the valley after that).

The trail posts are far and few between with no blazes, but if you follow to the Yosemite Falls trail marker, there is a decent hilly loop back via Yosemite Trail. Mostly used by Mountain Bikers, it’s probably a great ride but a somewhat arduous and monotonous hike with no waterfall payoff.

That said, the first 1-2 miles along the lake and into the hollow are beautiful, the trail was scarcely populated (which meant we could let the dogs run free for a bit) and it was a decent workout.

If you are mountain biking, this could be fun and challenging. If you are looking to increase endurance, give this a try. But for views? We’d be more inclined to try the Iron Furnace out and back trail, which starts at the same spot, is 3 miles each way, and promises better views (but less isolation).