Benson Lake and Matterhorn Canyon Loop

Oakhurst, California 93644

Benson Lake and Matterhorn Canyon Loop

Benson Lake and Matterhorn Canyon Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The vast lands of northern Yosemite cannot be reached on a weekend walk, because here the most sought-after destinations are all 15 miles or more from the trailhead. This loop takes you past many highlights of the area, introducing you to granite- ringed lakes; endless meadows; sharppointed ridges; and long, linear, U-shaped valleys scoured by glaciers.

The well-traveled Pacific Crest Trail shares your route for a third of the distance, and indeed all the trails described receive reasonable traffic during the summer months, but you’ve nonetheless disappeared far into the wilderness."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4-7 days
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
This trail is covered by the Tom Harrison Hoover Wilderness Region map (1:63,360 scale), the National Geographic Trails Illustrated #308 Yosemite NE map (1:40,000 scale), and the USGS 7.5-minute series Buckeye Ridge, Matterhorn Peak, and Piute Mountain maps (1:24,000 scale).
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