Young Lakes

Yosemite, California

Young Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"The three Young Lakes lie in a subalpine lake basin with superb panoramic views of the Cathedral Range along the way. The hike starts out steeply, but becomes more gradual as you climb. It's a good weekend backpack, but if you can, take an extra day to explore the high country beyond. You can make semi-loop of the hike since there is an alternate, though less scenic, trail to the west on which you can return."

Young Lakes Reviews

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Very good backpack to the ten lakes basin. We went during the week and trail traffic was light. Good campsites along first lake , although it is crowded. Pass first lake and head along trail to may lake /glen aulin and the next lake is more secluded and quiet.
This was a strenous hike, but well worth it when you saw the beautiful lakes and views. 5 ladies from 44 to 70 made it, so so can you. The weather was perfect, a few mosquitos but not as bad as I expected. The lakes are so peaceful and fun to day hike from one to the other. Lots of deer to see, no bears or animals bothering our stuff at all. Just a fantastic time and sights u can not see anywhere else.
This was my first ever backpacking trip and it is going to be one I will always remember. I had been to Yosemite may times but always in the valley and to see the sights out there was unbelievable. Even at the height of backpacking season there wasn't hardly any out there. The day after hiking to the lakes was spent entirely on fishing and exploring the other lakes (we made it to five of them and swam in 2 of them). Plenty of misquitos that we could have done without but an awsome trip none the less.
I can remember taking this trail with my dad when I was a girl. I've since taken it with my three children. The first 5 miles of the trail is a consistent slight up hill grade. This takes you to Half Moon Meadow. We've made camp here in a bank of trees and had a wonderful time watching the wild life in the evening as they come down to drink and fish! In the morning you can watch large golden trout warming themselves in the sun light. At the end of the meadow is a steep but short saddleback climbed with a series of switch backs. We've encountered snow on the saddleback in mid to late July, which can make the down side of it a bit tricky. One time we dropped our backs on to a tarp and slid them down. Ten Lakes refers to the numberous lakes with fill this granite bowl. Make camp at any one of them! Again, even in late July some of the larger ones may still be frozen over. We've wasted (in the positive sense) marvelous hours skipping stones, hopping creeks, and catching fish (and releasing them!). The hike out is much like the hike in. Saddleback and then a gradual decline - easy on the knees!

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Trail Information

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1,460 feet
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Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Tioga Pass quad
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Jun 2018