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spectacular scenery from Ten Lakes Pass, then even better once you round the shoulder on Tuolemne Peak. Big ups and downs. We started at Ten Lakes trailhead, took side trail after the pass to Grant Lake for 1st overnight, then took shorter hike to campspot at Ten Lakes, rested for the afternoon. 3rd day we hiked to Polly Dome Lake and 4th day we walked out to Tenaya Lake/ Toiga Road and hitched back to our car.

backpacking
Monday, August 07, 2017

White Wolf was closed, so we parked on the main road in a pull over. Hiked a mile down the entrance to White Wolf and then off the Pate Valley. The path starts off rolling over high ridges then plunges 3500 feet (8k-4500 ft) to the Canyon floor. Hike a little along the Tuolumne River to a pair of foot bridges (second one washed out 80%) to camp on other side of the river. Had to head back the same route the next day but with 3 days I recommend pressing on through Glenn Aulin.

backpacking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

such a memorable spot (mosquitos and all). time and weather permitting, we unfortunately didn't summit the top of mt. hoffmann so in lieu of, ended up rock scrambling which was super fun... like an adult playground!! lol

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The access road to the trail head is not open as of 25 July. Add 4.2 miles round-trip to this hike because you have to start down at Tioga Pass Road.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Awesome views and big terrain with nice lakes

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Very beautiful lake. wanted to continue on to Mt Hoffman Summit but snow obscured the trail early on and wasn't sure conditions. but well worth the hike upto May Lake

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Great trail to a beautiful alpine lake. It took us about an hour to complete. Not a difficult climb and not bad on the knees going down. Cool view of Half Dome as well. The 2 mile road that leads to the small parking lot has a lot of potholes. It's also a one lane road.

hiking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Yosemite National Park is often called a hiker’s paradise as it features over 800 miles of hiking trails. Often the biggest challenge is figuring out which trail to explore. If you don’t have the time to take on one of the park’s longer hikes, but still want a moderately challenging day hike that showcases some of Yosemite’s unique beauty, this is an excellent choice.

At 2.4 miles up-and-back, the May Lake trail is just the right length for those on a tighter schedule who only have a couple of hours set aside for a hike. And since it’s located off the Tioga Pass (in the general vicinity of Olmstead Point), it tends to be much less crowded than the trails originating in Yosemite Valley.

The turnoff to the trailhead is well-marked and easy to see (as long as you’re not speeding along the Pass), and from the turnoff you will enter a one-lane road that will take you up to the May Lake trailhead. There are vault toilets located at the trailhead and there are flush toilets at May Lake.

The trail itself is a steady 500-foot climb in the shadow of Mt. Hoffmann through that stunning combination of evergreen trees and granite that is Yosemite’s hallmark. There are several points where you will be walking on either granite or decomposed granite which can make for slippery footing, so proper hiking footwear is strongly recommended. Be sure to stop a couple of times to take it the beautiful vistas from the granite cliffs, including an interesting view of Half Dome. At this point you’ll probably want to stop anyway to gulp some air due to the elevation – the trailhead starts at just over 8,700 feet.

May Lake itself is a fine payoff to the ascent; it’s a pristine mountain lake framed by evergreen trees and Mt. Hoffmann. From this point, the ambitious can continue and climb another 1,500 feet to ascend Mt. Hoffmann. Or, you can be like us and pause to enjoy the beauty and serenity of May Lake before venturing back down the trail to seek out yet another Yosemite adventure.

when did you do this backpacking trip also how did you get from white wolf back to tenaya lake?

17 days ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Sunday, September 18, 2016

on May Lake

Friday, August 26, 2016

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016