Young Lakes via Dog Lake Trail

Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Elevation Gain1,625ft
Trailhead Elevation9,135ft
Elevation Min/Max9135/10056ft
Elevation Start/End9135/9135ft

Young Lakes via Dog Lake Trail

Young Lakes via Dog Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Tuolumne County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 9,135 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,625 feet. This trail connects with the following: Dog Lake Trail and Young Lakes Trail.

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Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
"Young Lakes lie in a broad basin surrounded by jagged ridges, sheer cliffs, and towering mountains. From Tuolumne Meadows there are two trails to the lakes, creating a delightful loop."
Top Trails Yosemite (Wilderness Press)
Jeffrey P. Schaffer & Elizabeth Wenk
"The Young Lakes are the only reasonably accessible lakes north of Tuolumne Meadows at which camping is allowed, making this isolated cluster of lakes backdropped by the scenic Ragged Peak crest quite popular. Most visitors will backpack to the Young Lakes, but those in good shape can day hike to and from them. This is a relatively long day hike, but the ascent is gradual for most of the route, with a moderate 2,300-foot ascent and descent on the 12.4-mile round-trip hike to the lower lake. The climb to the upper lake is steeper, adding 1.7 miles and 300 feet of elevation gain and loss to your day."

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Beautiful overnight trip. we found plenty of great places to bed down for the night. And even with plenty of people in the area we felt like we had our space. The hike itself was beautiful even though it has us all breathing hard. While the lake is only 1500 above the trailhead there are some up and downs so you gain more elevation that 1500 feet. There was a crazy amount of deer in the area fairly bold, but beautiful to see roaming around camp. We had planned to this as part of a semi loop but bad weather turned us back. We were going to go from saddlebag lakes just outside the park, up and over the ridge near north peak, down to McCabe lakes then continue cross country to young lakes. Was going to be epic but a wicked thunder and lightning storm turned us back. But possible option for others who want more than an overnighter.

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Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
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Tom Harrison Tuolumne Meadows map (1:42,240 scale), the National Geographic Trails Illustrated #308 Yosemite NE map (1:40,000 scale), and the USGS 7.5-minute series Tioga Pass and Falls Ridge maps (1:24,000 scale).
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