Ostrander Lake Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews
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Ostrander Lake Trail is a 12 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mariposa, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1847 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

This is a 12.4 mile out and back hike to Ostrander Lake with about 1617 ft. of elevation gain, from 7000 ft to over 8600 ft. The trail head is located off Glacier Point Road. The first 3 miles of the hike are relatively flat. The next 3 miles climb at about a 10% grade. The mountain crests at about 5 and 3/4 miles, then drops down to Ostrander Lake (8505 ft).

hiking
27 days ago

2 months ago

Nice and flat first 3 miles with a steady incline the last half of the trail. Beautiful lake worth seeing.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Nice and easy backpacking trip. Camping by the lake and swimming there at sunset made our stay perfect. You should expect moderate solitude only, lots of mosquitoes, and maybe you will see a bear as we did after only 20min on the trail!

hiking
3 months ago

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hiking
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backpacking
3 months ago

In the end of June 2017 I did 3-day backpacking tour to Ostrander Lake. Trail description is pretty good. Trail is well marked almost everywhere by regular rusty posts and ski-markers. About half mile before the lake it forks several times for vista points or something similar, but in general it is easy to find the right way. This was a 1st time when I meet bear in Yosemite on trail in about 2 miles from parking lot. It was black bear, it was scared by hikers and run away in the forest, then showed up again on trail and walked in opposite direction. Unfortunately, there is no trail beyond the lake. it could be interesting to walk along the creek to the upper lakes or climb to the top of Horse Ridge.

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10 months ago

backpacking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Very cool place to get away from the crowds.its not to hard.the first half is easy the last half is a bit harder.i think it would be better as an over night backpacking.

backpacking
Monday, September 12, 2016