DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,365 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

From the May Lake Trailhead, it is 400 feet elevation gain to May Lake. Go towards the restroom at May Lake and continue left, with the beautiful view of May Lake to your right. At 1.6 miles, the trail becomes fuzzy and is on granite for the next 0.2 miles - stay slightly right, and you will be on track. I deviated to the left here, and had to scramble up before the trail became visible again. Again, at 2 miles, you have gained another 400 feet in elevation. Here, leave the narrow forrest trail and make a 90 degree turn to your right. AllTrails downloaded map was really helpful and showed the inflection point. From 2 miles to 3.1 miles to the summit (satellite rods/tower), it is more or less a straight path going NW and you gain about 1060 feet of elevation. Above 10000 feet, there was a mass of snow to the right, but not in the path. Follow the cairns. You have to scramble up the last 200 feet of boulders, so drop you pack. There is a sheer drop off to the right of the tower, and the view is spectacular. Hiking alone, I was not comfortable hauling myself up the last 2 boulders (about 20 feet) to the satellite tower. I decided to turn back. AllTrails says that I was 2 feet shy of the summit of 10856'! I will have to go there again, with company! Coming down, follow the cairns as before. The path is more clearly visible on the return journey. Be safe, and enjoy the view at the top - Half Dome and Clouds Rest are clearly visible.