Lukens Lake - Hike and Swim near Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park
Tioga Rd, Wawona, CA 95389, USA,Tuolumne Meadows,California
37.85053870811979, -119.61521818087277
Address: Tioga Rd, Wawona, CA 95389, USA
GPS: 37°51'1.9"N 119°36'54.8"W
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State: California
Trail Length: 1.60 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Easiest
Elevation Gain: 200 feet

Lakes Rivers Streams Wildflowers National Park

Hike and Swim

Lukens Lake is a small lake in the White Wolf area of Yosemite National Park. The hike is a short, 1.6 mile walk through a forest to the secluded lake surrounded by trees and a small wildflower meadow. This lake is famous for the luminescent shooting stars that are easily spotted while swimming here, so although it's not the most popular lake in the valley, it's not uncommon to have company while you're there.

There are two separate trails that will take you to Lukens Lake, one is 1.6 miles and starts from Tioga Road, and the other is 4.6 miles and starts from the White Wolf Lodge. Both trails have a low elevation gain, about 200-300 feet, and lead you through some pretty thick woods until you reach the lake. The longer trail crosses the Middle Fork of the Tuolumne River has a few more wildflowers and streams, but mostly it's just a longer walk in the forest.

The best time to visit is in July, when the wildflower meadows are at their peak. Tread carefully, though, because the trail is typically wet and muddy until August. It's also important to stay on the marked path so as not to damage the meadows.

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From Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park

  1. Head west on CA-120 W toward Sierra High Rte/Yosemite National Park Rd
    Toll road
    May be closed at certain times or days
    Destination will be on the right
    (22.1 mi)
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Distance ?

0.7 miles

Elevation Gain ?

49 feet

Real Ascent ?

211 feet

Real Descent ?

162 feet

Avg Grade (1°)

1%

Grade (-11° to 16°)

-20% to 28%

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

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