Ten Lakes Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Ten Lakes Trail is a 12.7 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.

DISTANCE
12.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3097 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Arch Rock Entrance: Travel along the Merced River on Highway 140 to the Old Big Oak Flat Road junction. Turn left on to Old Big Oak Flat Road and drive 9.5 miles to Tioga Road. Turn right on Tioga Road and travel 19.5 miles to the Ten Lakes Trailhead.

hiking
13 days ago

backpacking
18 days ago

This trail was beautiful!! The views of the lakes once you get to the top, make those tough switchbacks worth it. There are fire pits along the lakes, which we loved because it was high 20s at night--there was snow along the lakes. I would do this hike again!

backpacking
19 days ago

An early start from the Bay Area can get you on the trail and to solid camping sites (after the 2 miles trail crossing but before the big switchbacks over the pass) before dusk. Ten Lakes area is great for exploring with killer views. Worth getting a campsite in Ten Lakes beyond first lake the trail hits to avoid crowds

hiking
19 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

camping
3 months ago

Great views along the ten lakes trail. With the amount of snow on the trail and the park, it was difficult to follow along and make our trek up longer.

4 months ago

After not getting a permit for may lake we ended up doing 10 lakes and it was worth it. Beautiful views :)

backpacking
6 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

backpacking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

The hike can be a bit rough for back packing, there is a good easy steady climb for about 4 miles to a beautiful meadow, then some crazy steep and rocky switch backs for around a mile that will top off at above 9,500 with some awesome views, then a 1000ft rocky switch back descent to the main lake. I would rate this trail as moderate to advanced for backpacking. The main lake has trout in it and is great for fishing, the upper lakes are void of any trout to save the Yosemite frog, so if you hike to the upper lakes which are beautiful don't bother bringing a fishing pole. The views from the lake are awesome, great spots to camp and not to many bugs in early August. 6 miles and a 2,300 hike up switch backs makes for a long day be prepared.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

backpacking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

fly fishing
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

camping
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Beautiful trail - some great day hikes around 10 lakes basin once you get in there as well.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Great hike! Pretty views. Lots of overnight spots.

hiking
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This can be a tough climb, this trail has many dramatic elevation changes but it is well worth it! The lake side camping is awesome and the scenery is unforgettable.

hiking
Saturday, July 06, 2013

Just finished a 3 day backpacking excursion with Jorge and it was amazing!!! Great scenery, a little rough at times but not hard.

Would do again!!!