Dog Lake Trail

Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Elevation Gain24ft
Trailhead Elevation8,595ft
Elevation Min/Max8595/8615ft
Elevation Start/End8595/8595ft

Dog Lake Trail

Dog Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Tuolumne County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 8,595 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 24 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms, a bus station, and parking. This trail connects with the following: Young Lakes via Dog Lake Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.

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50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press)
Elizabeth Wenk
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"Dog Lake is often selected as a destination simply because it is one of Tuolumne Meadows’s shorter walks—an unfair depiction of a beautiful forest-ringed lake with some of the region’s best swimming beaches. The water is warm, or at least warmer than most mountain lakes, and the lakeside meadows are brightly colored with flowers. This walk is accessible as soon as the snow has melted, but it’s best after mid-July when mosquitoes are less abundant."
Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"This is an easy and popular out-and-back day hike through lodgepole pine forest to a lovely lake, tucked out of sight of Tuolumne Meadows behind Lembert Dome. It is at its most beautiful in late afternoon."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"A moderately steep but shady uphill climb takes you to the shore of this pretty little lake tucked in behind Lembert Dome. It’s worthwhile anytime, but photography is best in the afternoon. Set out northward from the small Lembert Dome/Dog Lake trailhead sign through lodgepole pines. Cross an open rocky slab polished to a high sheen in places by glaciers and 74 Best Easy Day Hikes Yosemite National Parkre enter the forest. Sometimes there are cairns to guide you, but sometimes they get washed away. Just walk straight across the rocks and watch for the continuation of the trail on the far side (north). At 0.1 mile a trail comes in from the stables to the left (west). Take the right (north) fork. Just beyond, another trail comes in from the stables. Keep right (north) again. Climb steeply alongside the sheer face of Lembert Dome and then cross a little creek."

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