May Lake Trailhead, Yosemite National Park

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Test your fitness at May Lake Trailhead, a relatively short trail that challenges with its constant slope. As you climb, look for local wildlife and take in the natural sights, including a conifer forest, slabs of granite, and the iconic Half Dome. At the top, reap your rewards with a sweeping view of the lake and nearby mountains. Round trip is 3.9 km (2.4 mi); to cool off afterwards, find the areas in the lake without water lines and take a swim. Put May Lake Trailhead at the forefront of your travel plans using our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool.
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  • My recent visit to Yosemite included a day hiking to May Lake and just beyond. It was an excellent choice. The parking lot is now paved. It was full around 10:30 am, so we parked just down the...  more »
  • Beautiful alpine lake, easy trail, few people in the fall. Can continue a steep , fun climb up Mt Hoffman ( which is off trail) , but I would recommend doing it!  more »
  • Great morning/afternoon hike. Moderate/easy Difficulty. Only 2.4mi round trip. This one will fool you when you get to the first rock face and you may start to think you're going the wrong way but...  more »
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  • May Lake (about 2.5 miles round trip) This is a great, short hike for those visiting the eastern side of Yosemite. You’re definitely making your way up but the incline is never too steep. After making your way to the beautiful lake, go back to the trail like you’re heading to the parking lot and then climb the ridge on your left. The view from this hilltop is expansive, giving you a panoramic shot of the granite mountains that cover Yosemite. Look to the right and see Half Dome in the distance.
  • Great hike. Uphill the whole way, but there are multiple rest points. The whole trip is worth it. The lake at the top is breath taking.
  • Easy hike without the summer heat, dust and pack horses. Interesting terrain
  • Really cool trail, very easy (like maybe 1h one way and 45 minutes the other way at most), not too much elevation (a bit but nothing hard), with an amazing view on the lake at the end, definitely worth the 1 hours you spend walking there, and there is quite a lot of wildlife (nice little rodant, squirrels, various birds) given the altitude.
  • There's 2 bathrooms at the trailhead, and a bit of parking, which tends to run out.

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