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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  • 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 just...  more »
  • The end of the walk is a peaceful, beautiful lake and worth the effort. The trail is very steep in places and the length and change in elevation seem to mean something different to everyone. From a 60...  more »
  • The May Lake trail is a short hike 1.2 miles from the trailhead. May lake is breathtaking. We got a change to see the high sierra camp pack mules coming down the trail. We kept going and had lunch at ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • There's 2 bathrooms at the trailhead, and a bit of parking, which tends to run out.
  • 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.
  • More beautiful than I imagined
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