May Lake Trailhead, Yosemite National Park

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Test your fitness at May Lake Trailhead, a relatively short trail that challenges with its constant slope. As you climb, look for local wildlife and take in the natural sights, including a conifer forest, slabs of granite, and the iconic Half Dome. At the top, reap your rewards with a sweeping view of the lake and nearby mountains. Round trip is 3.9 km (2.4 mi); to cool off afterwards, find the areas in the lake without water lines and take a swim. Put May Lake Trailhead at the forefront of your travel plans using our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool.
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  • This wasn’t a long or difficult place to hike to, but it was really neat and scenic. In a day that was 89 degrees in the valley it was in the low to mid 60s up here. The only down side for us was... 
    This wasn’t a long or difficult place to hike to, but it was really neat and scenic. In a day that was 89 degrees in the valley it was in the low to mid 60s up here. The only down side for us was...  more »
  • My recent visit to Yosemite included a day hiking to May Lake and just beyond. It was an excellent choice. The parking lot is now paved. It was full around 10:30 am, so we parked just down the... 
    My recent visit to Yosemite included a day hiking to May Lake and just beyond. It was an excellent choice. The parking lot is now paved. It was full around 10:30 am, so we parked just down the...  more »
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  • Probably the best hike in Yosemite for several reasons. The hike is easy to moderate, with a well maintained trail to the beautiful alpine lake, which is clear as glass and framed by a mountain. It is not crowded and those that make the trek are friendly and respectful of the setting (there is no swimming as the lake is a water source). You can continue on the trail to the left of the lake up the ridge to spectacular views toward the Valley, including half dome. The hike is a moderate incline on the way up, making an easier walk down. Parking is plentiful, with restrooms at the trailhead and at the lake. Not a lot of shade before you get to the lake, so best for a morning hike in the heat of the summer. Allow three hours to enjoy the round trip.
  • One of the beautiful place in Yosemite National park.. swimming and fishing not allowed.

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