Ten Lakes Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Hike to a lake-studded basin, isolated from the rest of the park by granite walls towering overhead and by precipitous granite cliffs below that plunge 3,000 feet into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. The isolation and beauty of this basin attract large numbers of visitors, so plan to reserve your permit well ahead of time."
--Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall, 100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books).
"The Ten Lakes Basin contains only seven bodies of water large enough to be called lakes, along with an indeterminate number of smaller ponds. The trail climbs Ten Lakes Pass, drops into the basin and skirts two of the ten lakes before climbing back out of the basin again. You can scramble to several other lakes on a layover day if you're not in a hurry. After leaving the basin you make another descent into the isolated valley of the South Fork of Cathedral Creek, climb again to round a shoulder of Tuolumne Peak, then swing south to return to the Tioga Road via May Lake. Many people start at the Ten Lakes Trailhead, visit the lakes, then return the same way. But if you can arrange a car shuttle, this horseshoe-shaped loop makes an especially rewarding backpack through varied and beautiful country."
--Suzanne Swedo, Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
"The Ten Lakes Basin is extremely popular with weekend backpackers, for with only a few hours’ hiking effort you can attain any of its seven major lakes. The three most accessible receive moderate-to-heavy use, but the other four, off the beaten track, are worth the effort for those who want relatively secluded camping. These lakes plus the two Grant Lakes are situated at about 8950 to 9400 feet, making them subalpine. Still, at least the three lowest of the Ten Lakes Basin warm sufficiently for enjoyable midsummer swimming."
--Jeffrey P. Schaffer, Top Trails Yosemite (Wilderness Press).
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