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    Elizabeth Lake Trail

    Yosemite National Park, California
    Elevation Gain973ft
    Trailhead Elevation8,665ft
    Elevation Min/Max8665/9515ft
    Elevation Start/End8665/8665ft

    Elizabeth Lake Trail

    Elizabeth Lake Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Tuolumne County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is three miles long and begins at 8,665 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 973 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms, drinking water, a parking, and a waste basket. This trail connects with the following: John Muir Trail.

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    Suzanne Swedo
    "Elizabeth Lake lies in a picture postcard setting at the foot of Unicorn Peak, a walk of only an hour or two from the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, so it is very popular; start early in the morning to avoid the crowds. If you have less than a full day to spend in the high country, but would like a true taste of subalpine backcountry travel in a small dose, this hike is a good choice. It's also a perfect warm-up hike if you have just arrived in Tuolumne Meadows and need to acclimatize before tackling a longer or more demanding trip." Read more
    Top Trails Yosemite (Wilderness Press)
    Jeffrey P. Schaffer & Elizabeth Wenk
    "Due to its accessibility, Elizabeth Lake ranks with Dog Lake (Trail 8) in popularity as a day hike. Dog Lake is certainly better for swimming, Elizabeth Lake for scenery. Though Tioga Road usually opens by late May (late June in high snow years), this hike is likely to have snow patches through late June, making parts of the trail difficult to follow. Be forewarned that mosquitoes can be very abundant through July along the entire route, and most people seeking a relaxing picnic destination will prefer an August visit. Crowds are usually gone after the Labor Day weekend, and September is a fine time to hike the trail, with cooler temperatures and yellow and red autumn hues replacing the July wildflowers in meadows." Read more
    "Name aside, Elizabeth Lake has always been a favorite family walk, for it is not too long and not too steep, and it departs directly from the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, eliminating the hassle of first driving (or taking the shuttle bus) to a trailhead if you are camping. You walk through varied and engaging forest, with beautiful pinecones to admire, eventually reaching a picturesque lake set against the striking summit pinnacle of Unicorn Peak." Read more

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    Yosemite National Park
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    Yosemite National Park
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    Hiking Yosemite National Park


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    Tom Harrison Tuolumne Meadows map (1:42,240 scale), the National Geographic Trails Illustrated #309 Yosemite SE map (1:40,000 scale), and the USGS 7.5-minute series Vogelsang Peak map (1:24,000 scale).
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