Nearby Recommended Routes. Our second day we slack packed to the two upper lakes- each more beautiful than the last - don’t miss them, although the trail is hard to find in places. As tired as we were, we decided to hike around the lake a bit to look for the best spot. Overall great hike. Due to the near by fire, it was not crowded as expected. Google Map. Young Lakes. Great hike, trail well marked and no snow on trail over Labor Day weekend. The hike out via Glen Aulin trail was a very gradual decent and very picturesque as well. Tough! I think clockwise is definitely the way to go. Be prepared for considerable climbing on descent back via Dog Lakes trail. Hiking Young Lakes Loop to 10,000 ft views, Delaney Creek Meadow, & Dog Lake. Uphill is not too strenuous until right before the last (Upper) lake. The Young Lakes are a series of three lakes located about 7 miles north of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Distance: 13.6 miles (21.9 km) round trip. 8. 6.6 Miles 10.6 KM Point to Point. A bit of a scramble and bushwhack going up waterfall to Upper Lake but totally worth it. But for my first solo backpacking trip I couldn't have picked a better loop. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Hiked Young Lakes to Tuolomne Meadows via Glen Aulin on 9/7/19. This is a moderately strenuous hike with a good amount of uphill; not really bad at sea level, but at 8600-9000 feet some can get winded early on. The fishing is also pretty good. Glen Aulin to Cold Canyon/Waterwheel (pass-through) 12. Some trails are all about the destination. The Young Lakes are named for General S M B Young (1840-1924), Acting Superintendent of Yosemite National Park in 1896, and a veteran of the Civil and Spanish American Wars. Reach lower Young Lake (9,850 feet). Upper lake was breathtaking but mosquitoes made sure we didn’t hang around for too long. Yes. Western approach is supposedly a class 2 hike (meaning we might have to scramble a little bit). may have been made. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from July until October. Lower and Middle Young Lakes are beautiful, but you're going to want to push on to Upper Young Lake, where you'll find the best views of the lot. If you take the apparently more used trail to the right, you'll find the trail ends in about 200 yards. Beautiful trail! https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/young-lakes-trail Middle Lake is loaded with brook trout, but he upper lake is an anglers paradise. Middle Young Lake Loop via Young Lakes Trail 14.2 mi 8 hrs difficult 1657 elev () We crossed the falling creek about 1/4 of the way around the lake and found "the perfect" hard spot just up in the trees. Started late around 10am. We hiked into Young Lakes via Dog Lake which was a strenuous route. The trail is now entirely snow free. Park at Lembert Dome parking. The Fishing My son landed a nice Brookie caught on a "Sierra Bug" which is an attractor created by Steve Beck who is the author of two excellent books that you may already have: "Fishing Yosemite" and "Fishing the John Muir Trail". Most of elevation loss seems to be in last miles coming back into Lembert Dome. So we took a saner route along the ridge just to the North. Day 2 we hiked up to the upper lakes from about 8am until about 3pm. Stopped at the junction before young lakes to camp. Secluded, creek with fresh water, and less bugs than at young lakes! Young Lakes via Dog Lake. You can continue north from Dog Lake, but while most of the trails in Yosemite connect in a vast web that you can follow to nearly anywhere in the park if you're willing to pursue a circuitous enough route, this one dead-ends at Young Lakes, 4.5 miles (7.5 km) north of Dog Lake. First and second lakes are forested/protected. Had a little trouble getting acclimated to the altitude. Trailhead: Young Lakes via Dog Lake or Glen Aulin. Download a free copy of the official Yosemite National Park map before your Yosemite vacation. Junction with Dog Lake Trail - Continue Straight. You can either retrace your steps to the correct trail, or like me, head northwest to intercept the correct trail. If you have a heavy pack it’s quite a hike. Fantastic hike, great for a short trip :). My friend and I did it in about 7.5 hours with lots of stops. Congratulations on reaching this page! Go straight - right hand trail ends in 200 yds. It was pretty easy to find seclusion from the other campers. Started at 8AM and finished at 5PM, leisurely pace with breaks at Lower and Upper Young Lakes and short hike into Dog Lake. Be advised, the use trail follows the stream between the middle and upper lakes, and includes a short but very steep section. We literally had to run to get away from them. Did this hike on 08/19/18 thru 08/21/18 via the Dog Lake Trail and returned via the Glen Aulin. 7 miles and can be accessed by two main routes with three starting trail-heads. East peasy, and it dropped us right into the lake shore just a few yards past where the use trail comes off the cliff. There is a very nice waterfall between the middle and upper lake. Mosquitoes at the lake were not bad at all. Every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, but we cannot be responsible for errors or for changes that may have occurred since publication. Approx 7 miles round trip. We parked at Lembert Dome trailhead. The trail climbs fairly steeply through the forest, then settles into a moderate grade passing the trail that heads to Lembert Dome. High Sierra Trails website makes no warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of any of its maps. Your presence here indicates an interest in knowing where you're going, a trait that gives you a survival edge over many Yosemite visitors. It's about 7 miles to the upper of the three Young Lakes. If it is late in the season be sure to check if parking lots off of Tioga Road (HWY120) are still open for overnight parking (we visited the last weekend with overnight parking off of Tioga - day lots stay open later into the season). No bear trouble either. I’m in average shape, and had to take lots of breaks, but that could be because my pack weighed in at 55lbs, packing for all the fam. 6. Great semiloop trail. The lakes were absolutely breathtaking! I caught several brook trout using a yellow rooster tail. Lakes are beautiful. We saw maybe 3 other hikers on our way up. Virtual Tour of Young Lakes Trail. Just a tip: look for other people's footprints on the trail. The map displayed above is for illustrative purposes only. Glad I had my trekking poles. Being a jerk / offensive? 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