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Elizabeth Lake Trail

MODERATE 76 reviews
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Elizabeth Lake Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 843 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

hiking
muddy
30 days ago

Beautiful trail. Mostly uphill at various inclines. We saw only twenty people or soon five hours.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Very rocky. Tough the way up but as expected going up a mountain. Views are spectacular once you’re there. Got there in time for the sunset behind the mountain. The way back is much much easier, just still lots of stepping over & on rocks.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Amazing trail. Probably one of the most secluded of our trip yet. Did not see another single person the entire time. Only a group of about 5 deer. Well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Cool and windy at the lake with only a high in the 50’s in mid sept. Lake and peak together great photo op with some dark clouds mixed in. Many deer along the trail

hiking
muddy
off trail
scramble
2 months ago

Jenifer took us to a trail to Elizabeth lake w Bob, Karla and Dave... nice day w winds here and there!! I would love to see this place again!!

rock climbing
2 months ago

Perfect weather. Hiked to the saddle. Class 2-3 to the south summit of Unicorn Peak then rope climbed on the east side to the top of the middle peak.

hiking
2 months ago

nice trail similar to the cathedral lakes but more secluded as you have to through the Tuolumne campground to access. cool lake with views of some great mountain views.

hiking
bugs
muddy
3 months ago

Walking around the lake was a big mistake too wet. And the entire trail was buggy.

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

great trail! Beautiful views at the end!

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
3 months ago

This hike was very enjoyable. Good steep climb to begin with. Sounds like went a great time. Crossed the river via rocks and were able to hike around the lake. A few muddy spots here and there. No biggie. Bug spray is a must! Mosquitoes are relentless.

hiking
3 months ago

I went way beyond where the trial ended, but the hike is still beautiful and worth doing.

recorded Elizabeth Lake Trail

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

hiking
over grown
snow
4 months ago

This was a beautiful hike, with great views at the top. There is still a large amount of snow on the trail and you have to forge a waist-deep river to get to the lake side. The Current was very strong so we decided not to forge the river. Probably would be a better hike in a month when the snow is gone and the water is down. Hike is mostly uphill.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike, unbelievable wildlife. Downside: mosquitoes, along the whole hike they were no stopping trying to bite us. Bring long sleeves is a must. Note: no dogs are allowed!

Wed Oct 18 2017

Good

Fri Sep 29 2017

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

hiking
Mon Jul 10 2017

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.

Tue Sep 06 2016

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

Fri Aug 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.

hiking
Thu Jul 09 2015

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

Tue Oct 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!

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