May Lake Trailhead, Yosemite National Park

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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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  • This wasn’t a long or difficult place to hike to, but it was really neat and scenic. In a day that was 89 degrees in the valley it was in the low to mid 60s up here. The only down side for us was... 
    This wasn’t a long or difficult place to hike to, but it was really neat and scenic. In a day that was 89 degrees in the valley it was in the low to mid 60s up here. The only down side for us was...  more »
  • 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... 
    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! 
    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 »
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  • Such a beautiful hike. Stunning views!
  • This was a very nice hike. Great views along the way, plenty of shade, and ends at a scenic lake. About 2.75 miles RT, and about 500’ to gain. Hiking poles not required, but would be helpful.
  • One of the beautiful place in Yosemite National park.. swimming and fishing not allowed.
  • Paradise
  • This was one of my most enjoyable hikes of the year especially going beyond the lake and up to Mount Hoffmann for a panorama of the area and lake. Unforgettable!

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