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Address: Tioga Pass Entrance Station, Yosemite National Park, CA

Hiking to the lake offers peace and quiet away from crowds.

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Absolute Tranquillity

I'm reluctant to even let on that this place exists because it seems to be one of Yosemite's best kept secrets. But I can't keep a secret! The trailhead for Gaylor Lakes is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Belle Mead, New Jersey
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Belle Mead, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm reluctant to even let on that this place exists because it seems to be one of Yosemite's best kept secrets. But I can't keep a secret! The trailhead for Gaylor Lakes is right past the Tioga Pass entrance of Yosemite and probably frequently passed-by. The hike is a on the harder side, especially around 10,000 feet and there were... More 

Thank kramden88
Cheshire, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the perfect hike off of Tioga Pass. It is tough, but it is beautiful and away from the crowds. Make sure you hike to both lakes for very rewarding scenery. We started our hike at about 10:00am and there were more people there when we left at about 1:00pm. Wear sunscreen (the sun is strong at 10,000ft elevation)... More 

Thank LaurenNicole12
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

This was our first day's excursion. We were a bit worried about elevation since we are flatlanders (and honestly not in tip-top shape!), but our excitement got us through. We made it as far as the the upper Gaylor Lake, but chose not to go up the further/steeper ascent/trail from there. About half way, on the way back down from... More 

Thank bohemianparrothead
San Francisco CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

On our first day in the high country, we elected to have knowledgeable friends guide us the longer but easier way to Gaylord Lake. Wise choice, we were still acclimating. After walking through shaded evergreen (well-populated with flies and mosquitoes), we arrived at a stunningly beautiful rock garden of a meadow by a lake, with granite peaks on one side... More 

1 Thank Luca1932
Jiang' an County, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

The trail cover with snow partially but not hard to get around. You will rewarded with beautiful views at the end. Highly recommend for this short trail.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

A nice shot hike that is easy to get to from the east side. Not the very best scenery but plenty nice

Thank Greg4Travel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This place is a gem. A very short hike and not very crowded. The views are amazing and both lakes are extremely clean and clear. If you hike around the second lake you can have an amazing view of the far eastern part of the park.

1 Thank David T
Noblesville, Indiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

This is a great walk. The scenery is quite different from the rest of the park. The altitude is a consideration at over 10,000 feet, but the lake is beautiful.

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Nashville, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 776 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The parking lot for the trail to Gaylor Lake is just inside the eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park on Tioga Road. We visited on a day in late May when the snow was still present. We delighted in the snow near the trail, but several yards up the hill, we realized that the snow melt was providing a wet... More 

1 Thank RetiredTravelerTN
Huntington beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

First off the hike descrption from the park is deceptive. Iit does not count the total climb in and out so count this as a 850 foot climb not 650. Note starting just under 10k feet this is important. The hike is fantastic. Very steep climb but onc you make the grade the veiws are stunning. The hike around the... More 

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