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.
Elizabeth Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Suzanne Swedo, Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Due to its accessibility, Elizabeth Lake ranks with Dog Lake in popularity. Dog Lake is certainly better for swimming, Elizabeth Lake for scenery."
--Jeffrey P. Schaffer, Top Trails Yosemite (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Elizabeth Wenk, 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"The hike to Elizabeth Lake is a steady climb for the first half of the hike. The trail then parallels Unicorn Creek through a beautiful valley. A lush meadow marbled with streams surrounds the lake. The glacially carved granite cliffs of the Cathedral Range form a cirque around the southern end of Elizabeth Lake, while the spire of Unicorn Peak towers above to the west. This is a great place to admire the scenery, picnic, and explore the delicate shoreline."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park (Day Hike Books).
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