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Address: Tioga Pass Entrance Station, Yosemite National Park, CA

Hiking to the lake offers peace and quiet away from crowds.

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Absolutely breath taking

The lake was just beautiful partly iced over . We visited yosemite twice it was just beautiful with melting ice & signs of spring growth

Reviewed 1 November 2016
Pamela T
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

The lake was just beautiful partly iced over . We visited yosemite twice it was just beautiful with melting ice & signs of spring growth

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Groveland, California
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

We took this hike with the Sierra Club and started above the tuolumne Meadows trailhead. This was much more gradual than if you take the hike up from the Tioga Pass entrance. On the way up, we started at about 9200 feet and ended up at 10,500 feet we passed an unnamed lake (below granite lakes) and kept walking up... More 

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Belle Mead, New Jersey
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

I'm reluctant to even let on that this place exists because it seems to be one of Yosemite's best kept secrets. But I can't keep a secret! The trailhead for Gaylor Lakes is right past the Tioga Pass entrance of Yosemite and probably frequently passed-by. The hike is a on the harder side, especially around 10,000 feet and there were... More 

Thank kramden88
Cheshire, Connecticut
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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

This is the perfect hike off of Tioga Pass. It is tough, but it is beautiful and away from the crowds. Make sure you hike to both lakes for very rewarding scenery. We started our hike at about 10:00am and there were more people there when we left at about 1:00pm. Wear sunscreen (the sun is strong at 10,000ft elevation)... More 

Thank LaurenNicole12
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

This was our first day's excursion. We were a bit worried about elevation since we are flatlanders (and honestly not in tip-top shape!), but our excitement got us through. We made it as far as the the upper Gaylor Lake, but chose not to go up the further/steeper ascent/trail from there. About half way, on the way back down from... More 

Thank bohemianparrothead
San Francisco CA
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

On our first day in the high country, we elected to have knowledgeable friends guide us the longer but easier way to Gaylord Lake. Wise choice, we were still acclimating. After walking through shaded evergreen (well-populated with flies and mosquitoes), we arrived at a stunningly beautiful rock garden of a meadow by a lake, with granite peaks on one side... More 

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Jiang' an County, China
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Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

The trail cover with snow partially but not hard to get around. You will rewarded with beautiful views at the end. Highly recommend for this short trail.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 12 October 2015 via mobile

A nice shot hike that is easy to get to from the east side. Not the very best scenery but plenty nice

Thank Greg4Travel
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Reviewed 1 October 2015

This place is a gem. A very short hike and not very crowded. The views are amazing and both lakes are extremely clean and clear. If you hike around the second lake you can have an amazing view of the far eastern part of the park.

1 Thank David T
Noblesville, Indiana, United States
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Reviewed 11 September 2015

This is a great walk. The scenery is quite different from the rest of the park. The altitude is a consideration at over 10,000 feet, but the lake is beautiful.

Thank Joe B

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