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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 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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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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  • We were in the Yosemite area for a wedding the summer of '16. We took a couple of days and visited Yosemite and took the N. route east and stopped to hike the May Lake Trail. It's a nice, easy hike. W...  more »
  • We had to move along to the next spot on our adventure, but we wanted to get one last Yosemite hike in before leaving and May Lake was perfect for that. In hindsight, I really wish that we had budgete...  more »
  • 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 »
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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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