May Lake Trailhead, Yosemite National 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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  • the entry pond has the most beautiful reflection, it is a mid length trail leading to a peaceful lake.  more »
  • The stay at the Yosemite National Park was terrific. The Valley is run over and uninteresting, the whole hiking trails to the thousand small and large lakes are, however, fantastic. So also the road to the Lake may has given me a lot of fun. Am not a skilled Walker and have the Outlook rewarded accordingly sweated in July as a Mountain Lion, but one at the end then for the hardships. Thinks only tuned to take enough water. One should not underestimate the mile details at the beginning of the way, this permanent mountain climb up takes his time. I think we have needs for 4 miles high and down approx. 4 std :)
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  • Quite a bit more that went in May despite the beautiful scenery of Yosemite, with enough of them to come. Like a mirror, clean lakes and towering dunes with a wide variety of shapes like the picture is beautiful.
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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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Where to stay in Yosemite National Park

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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