Gaylor Lake, Yosemite National Park

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Yosemite National Park attractions like Gaylor Lake can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • September 14, 2017
    awesome views near tioga pass station. prepare for diff temps on far side of hill. short, bit up and down. glad we did it.  more »
  • August 22, 2017
    My brother and I did a hike to this amazing lake for fly fishing, and we were impressed by its beauty and the lack of people that were there. You must visit this hidden gem!  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    Given that our Alps have nothing to envy, is definitely a Trek nice and easy to do. It's basically just walked to tioga pass. This year they opened by snow in early July and when we showed up the 19 there was still snow on the way.
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Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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