McCabe Lakes

Yosemite, California

McCabe Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"This out-and-back overnight hike takes you to Upper and Lower McCabe Lakes in their beautiful cirque at the base of Sheep Peak by way of Green Creek, just outside the northeast boundary of Yosemite. If you prefer, you can begin and end the hike within the park by way of Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp."

McCabe Lakes Reviews

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8/5/2009
A very difficult hike through Aspen forrest, Beaver Damns, Waterfalls, and beautiful flowers. I am 66 with bad hips so some of the terrain was very difficult to navigate. If it wasn't for my hiking polls and a much younger friend staying with me I would have quit much earlier on the trail. You have to cross several small rivers on logs where you could easily lose your balance. The end result, the largest of the waterfalls, is well worth the effort. Have plenty of water, snacks with protein, and sun screen.
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8/14/2008
I love this hike. The wildflowers are abundant in the spring and in fall the aspins are ablaze. The cascading waterfall at the end of the canyon is a great place to relax. In the past I have made the climb up to lake Helen but the trail up the talus is now in poor condition. Younger folks may feel confident to scramble up it but this old lady will stay in the canyon from now on.
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Trail Information

Yosemite
Nearby City
30.4
Distance
2,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 4 days
Duration
Summer through early fall
Season
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Dunderberg Peak, Tioga Pass, Matterhorn Peak, and Falls Ridge quads
Local Maps
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Jun 2018