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Gaylor Lake, Yosemite National Park

Categories: Bodies of Water, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
A short hike to Gaylor Lake offers sweeping views of the meadows below and the mountains beyond. As you gaze back down from the pass after a steep climb, you can imagine how dinosaurs once wandered through the grass here. The mostly flat and gently sloping valley holds five picturesque lakes. If you continue the hike above the upper lake, you'll pass an abandoned 1870s mine. Above the valley's horizon rise the mountains that ring Tuolumne Meadows. Add Gaylor Lake to your Yosemite National Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Yosemite National Park tourist route planner.
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  • 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...  read more »
  • 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 e...  read more »
  • 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...  read more »
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