Elizabeth Lake Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
#46 of 165 trails in

Elizabeth Lake Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mariposa, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is best used from May until October.

5.0 miles
872 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly







wild flowers


no dogs

A glacier-carved alpine lake located at the base of Unicorn Peak offers scenic views and tranquility. Elizabeth Lake (9,487 feet) is located at the base of Unicorn Peak (10,823 feet) and easily accessible from the Tuolumne Meadows campground. The Elizabeth Lake trail begins in the B loop of the campground, rises gradually along Unicorn Creek for about 2.3 miles, and gains 1,000 feet in elevation change to reach the lake. You need to cross the creek to reach the lake side at the end of trail. In the snow melting season, the creek may be too deep and swift to cross. For people who seek solitude and tranquility, this is a good hike to enjoy in the Tuolumne Meadows area.

2 hours ago


18 days ago

Gorgeous hike, beginning is steep, but worth the short hike

2 months ago

2 months ago

3 months ago

Last time I visited the lake was frozen over and the trail was mostly lost to the snow. One of my best memories in the park.

3 months ago

11 months ago

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Grate hike easy grade - boggy at the lake in late June

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Friday, August 07, 2015

Started early on this 2.5 mile 1000 foot climb in to the beautiful lakes that rests
at the foot of the granite cliffs leading to Unicorn pt. Nobody there when we arrived...met 70 people and mules on
our way out before noon. Allow an extra mile of walking if you circle the lake on the trails. Trout..Mule Deer..and tree frogs along the hike. Tough inbound for us 50 year olds...the teens had no problems.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Easy hike with a great payoff. An awesome view of Unicorn peek next to a beautiful alpine lake

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

loved this trail, it's a great hike for getting use to the high attitude in Yosemite. We hiked it in early September and the weather was great. be sure to take a fishing pool with you!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This is an easy hike from the Tuolomne Meadows Campground area. The hike is an out and back up to a Elizabeth Lake, which is ringed by beautiful peaks. The lake itself is calm and relatively warm (for the area).

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park, Ca is a gentle, picturesque hike under Unicorn Peak. About 4 1/2 miles (add about a mile if you walk around the lake) out/back. This is a great half day hike after a midday arrival to the park. Access the trailhead from the Tuolomne campground, beyond loop B (follow the signs).