Hike to Middle Gaylor Lake, Yosemite NP

Gaylor Lake Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Sarah Giek

Find amazing views of the high country with this short, secluded hike in Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows region.

The main trail to the Middle Gaylor Lake is 2 miles round-trip, but if you’re looking for more adventure, you can hike a little further to Upper Gaylor Lake (which will add a mile to your trip) or continue on to the Great Sierra Mine (which will add 2 miles to your trip). The Gaylor Lake Trail begins off the parking lot next to the Tioga Pass entrance. If the lot is full, there is another small parking area just south on the opposite side of the road.

The trail begins with a steady climb of 600 feet over the first half mile. There are few switchbacks to ease the climb and the elevation in this area is 10,000+ feet. Thankfully, the views to your back are reason enough to stop and take a break if you’re adjusting to the elevation. Once you reach the top of the ridge, the rest of the hike is downhill – less than a half mile until you reach the lake. Take time to walk along the shore and enjoy the views before turning back and retracing your steps to the parking lot. If you choose to continue to the upper lake and/or the mine, continue north on the trail.

Due to time constraints, I was not able to make the full hike to the mine, but a quick Google search of images is all the evidence I need to put the full hike on my list of adventures for my next trip to Yosemite!

Distance

2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

600 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Hiking

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Lake
Scenic

Nearby Lodging

From $143/night

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge

Tioga Rd, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389, USA

From $386/night

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Yosemite Valley, California

From $108/night

Housekeeping Camp

Yosemite Valley, California

From $90/night

Half Dome Village

Yosemite Valley, California

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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