Ten Lakes - Backpack, Camp, and Hike near Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park
Tioga Rd, Wawona, CA 95389, USA,Tuolumne Meadows,California
37.90143260272908, -119.52133492368165
Address: Tioga Rd, Wawona, CA 95389, USA
GPS: 37°54'5.2"N 119°31'16.8"W
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State: California
Trail Length: 6.40 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation Gain: 2200 feet

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Backpack, Camp, and Hike

A 6.4 mile hike will lead you to three of the Ten Lakes at Ten Lakes Basin. There are three possible trails to take to see this phenomenon. The shortest begins at Yosemite Creek. The other two are much longer. One begins at May Lake and takes about 13 miles and the other begins at Murphy Creek and takes about 14 miles. 

Once you reach the end of the trail, there are several other short trails that will take you to the rest of the lakes. However, despite the name, there are only seven lakes in total. There are more things to see than just lakes, though. The basin is surrounded by wildflower meadows, woodland, as well as the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. The

Each of the hikes take you through several wooded forests, as well as the Halfmoon Meadow. The trails to the lakes are a steady climb up to the basin. The total elevation gain is about 2200 feet, and the last stretch of the 6.4 mile hike is slightly more strenuous.

Many visitors enjoy camping up at the Ten Lakes Basin or at the Grant Lakes to give themselves the chance to explore each of the lakes.

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Trails

Distance ?

5.7 miles

Elevation Gain ?

1,745 feet

Real Ascent ?

2,489 feet

Real Descent ?

744 feet

Avg Grade (3°)

6%

Grade (-20° to 20°)

-36% to 36%

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

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