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May Lake Trailhead, Yosemite National Park
(4.8/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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 into our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Yosemite National Park.
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  • To begin with no RV or big vehicle can drive up to the parking lot at May Lake.The hike up to May Lake is relatively easy and well maintained. The views are nice and once you reach the lake you have a...  more »
  • The rock formations that make up this part of the park make one almost feel on a different planet. The hike is a fairly easy couple miles, and the lake is a great place for a picnic. 
  • Very nice place to stay overnight if you climb Mt. Hoffmann! Basic but sufficient and very quiet which it the most important thing when yu want to do a multiple day hike in the Yosemite park. 
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  • 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.
  • More beautiful than I imagined
  • Steep road that ends at a beautiful Lake
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