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“Most beautiful place in the world!”
Review of May Lake Trail

May Lake Trail
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Most beautiful place in the world!”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

How come this place only has 5 reviews? This is the MOST beautiful place I EVER visited in the planet!! Pack your luggage now! Share a ride and enjoy!! :)

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Juliana G
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Chicago, Illinois
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“May Lake -- a Yosemite Gem”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Unless you are staying at the May Lake camp, it's likely you'll miss this amazing gem. It's not the hike that's worth the 1.3 mile scramble in, but what awaits at the end: a sub-alpine lake set in the bowl of some gorgeous mountains. And there are chairs by the lake so you can sit and wonder how you can stay here forever, and why you aren't in this campground, and marvel at the quiet, the color of the water, and the beauty of the setting. Go as close to evening as you can, so you are not hiking back in the dark. The trail is very rocky and while not as steep as others, it's up hill most of the way. In fact, they use donkeys to schlep supplies to the camp.

To get to the trailhead you have to drive about 2 miles off of the Tioga Road where the sign points you to Camp May. Don't miss this hike and view.

Visited August 2013
5 Thank Cabaret59
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Fullerton, California
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320 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“A typically excellent Yosemite trail!”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

Yosemite National Park is often called a hiker’s paradise as it features over 800 miles of hiking trails. Often the biggest challenge is figuring out which trail to explore. If you don’t have the time to take on one of the park’s longer hikes, but still want a moderately challenging day hike that showcases some of Yosemite’s unique beauty, this is an excellent choice.

At 2.4 miles up-and-back, the May Lake trail is just the right length for those on a tighter schedule who only have a couple of hours set aside for a hike. And since it’s located off the Tioga Pass (in the general vicinity of Olmstead Point), it tends to be much less crowded than the trails originating in Yosemite Valley.

The turnoff to the trailhead is well-marked and easy to see (as long as you’re not speeding along the Pass), and from the turnoff you will enter a one-lane road that will take you up to the May Lake trailhead. There are vault toilets located at the trailhead and at May Lake.

The trail itself is a steady 500-foot climb in the shadow of Mt. Hoffmann through that stunning combination of evergreen trees and granite that is Yosemite’s hallmark. There are several points where you will be walking on either granite or decomposed granite which can make for slippery footing, so proper hiking footwear is strongly recommended. Be sure to stop a couple of times to take it the beautiful views from the granite cliffs, including Half Dome. At this point you’ll probably want to stop anyway to gulp some air due to the elevation – the trailhead starts at just over 8,700 feet.

May Lake itself is a fine payoff to the ascent; it’s a pristine mountain lake framed by evergreen trees and Mt. Hoffmann. From this point, the ambitious can continue and climb another 1,500 feet to ascend Mt. Hoffmann. Or, you can be like us and pause to enjoy the beauty and serenity of May Lake before venturing back down the trail to seek out yet another Yosemite adventure.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank BruinDan
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Suffolk, England
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81 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Perfect hike before Yosemite”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

We travelled in from the UK two days prior to starting this hike, on our way to Yosemite National Park. As this part of the world is at higher altitude to where we live we find it necessary to acclimatise, this trail is perfect for us. The trail is clearly defined, we started at Tenaya Lake and made the loop trail returning via the Murphy trail. The scenery is absolutely stunning - a perfect introduction to the grandeur that is Yosemite. At approximately 11 miles this is a comfortable day hike.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Lesley S
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