Gaylor Lakes - Hike and Swim near Yosemite Valley, CA
Yosemite National Park, California, USA,Yosemite Valley,California
37.91268322556871, -119.2688336672453
21.2 miles NE of Yosemite Valley, CA
Address: Yosemite National Park, California, USA
GPS: 37°54'45.7"N 119°16'7.8"W
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State: California
Trail Length: 2.00 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Beginner
Elevation Gain: 500 feet

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Gaylor Lakes is one of Yosemite's most underrated hikes. It's a 2 mile trail with views the entire way. At various points along the trail, you can see Dana Meadows and the mountains beyond it, like Gibbs and Mammoth. When you reach the top of the pass, you can see the mountains on the east of Yosemite as well as the Gaylor Lakes valley, which contains five separate lakes. The valley also offers views of the Tuolumne Meadows and the surrounding mountains. This hike has an amazing pay off for the amount of effort required.

The total elevation gain is about 500 feet, so if you're less experienced, you'll definitely start to feel it a few miles in to get to the valley, but once you reach the valley itself, it's mostly flat with a few subtle inclines. Because there is so much to see, this is a hike that lends itself to a little bit of improvisation. Many visitors like to wander around through the valley and the meadows and soak it in along the way. The trail will take you to the Middle Gaylor Lake, but the others are all nearby and most are easily accessible from the valley.

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Directions

From Yosemite Valley, CA

  1. Head southwest on Northside Dr toward Cook's Meadow Loop
    Toll road
    (2.9 mi)
  2. Keep right to stay on Northside Dr
    Toll road
    (2.1 mi)
  3. Continue onto El Portal Rd
    Toll road
    (0.9 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Big Oak Flat Road (signs for CA-120/Tioga Rd/Manteca)
    Toll road
    (9.5 mi)
  5. Continue onto Old Yosemite Coulterville Rd
    Toll road
    (344 ft)
  6. Turn right onto CA-120 E
    Toll road
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (46.6 mi)
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Trails

Distance ?

1.8 miles

Elevation Gain ?

819 feet

Real Ascent ?

1,059 feet

Real Descent ?

240 feet

Avg Grade (5°)

9%

Grade (-21° to 25°)

-39% to 47%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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