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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  • I travel to Yosemite at least once to twice a year and have hiked and traveled by mule to many areas in the park. However, this was my first trip to Gaylor Lakes. The parking lot for the trailhead is ...  more »
  • My family and i did this hike. It is on the eastern side of Yosemite up near the Tioga Pass Station. This hike starts at around 9,000 feet. You then hike pretty much straight up for 45 minutes. We wer...  more »
  • 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 »

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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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