Grant Lakes Hike
Grant Lakes Hike Map

Grant Lakes Hike

Yosemite National Park
View Photos
Grant Lakes Hike

Grant Lakes Hike

Distance: 13.4mi
Elevation: 3,005ft
Time: 6.5-9h

Difficulty Rating:

User Ratings:
No ratings yet

Immerse yourself in Yosemite’s high country along the Grant Lakes Trail. This epic hike exhibits the grandeur and diversity of the alpine wilderness. Explore the shimmering lakes bounded by impressive granite bluffs and verdant pines.

Grant Lakes Hike Map

Getting there

The Grant Lakes Hike departs from the Ten Lakes Trailhead off Tioga Pass Road.

I’ve done this 0 people have done this
I want to do this 0 want to do this route


Backcountry Campground

Backcountry Camping, Wilderness Permit Required.

When to do


Pets allowed


Family friendly


Route Signage


Crowd Levels


Route Type

Out and back

Grant Lakes Hike
Elevation Graph

Grant Lakes Hike Description

The hike to Grant Lakes might just be one of the most scenic adventures in Yosemite National Park, as it exposes wonderful vistas of the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Traveling to such high and exposed elevations, it is important to check the forecast prior to your trek, which will mitigate the chances of getting caught in a nasty afternoon storm. Additionally, we suggest wearing layers and a sturdy pair of footwear! Note: the National Park charges an entrance fee; check out the NPS website for additional details and a pricing guide.

Once your water is packed and your camera is charged, your hike along the Grant Lakes Trail begins from the Ten Lakes Trailhead. Setting out from here, the path gradually climbs through the lush woodlands and meadowlands. As you wander, the path will intersect with several snow-melt streams, including Yosemite Creek which feeds the famous Yosemite Falls. Eventually, you will summit the Ten Lakes Pass and experience breathtaking views of the encompassing granite peaks. Here, you will take the rightmost trail down to the Grant Lakes.

The trail will deliver you to the Lower Grant Lake, before hiking east up to the Upper Grant Lake. Revel in the beauty of the shimmering alpine waters flanked by granite bluffs. After admiring the postcard-perfect scene, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.



Similar hikes to the Grant Lakes Hike hike

Beehive Meadow Trail

Beehive Meadow Trail


The Beehive Meadow Trail is an amazing adventure in Hetch Hetchy that travels through diverse terrains. Cross the O’Shaughnessy Dam,…

Chain Lakes Hike Map

Chain Lakes Hike


Explore one of the more secluded trails in Yosemite National Park along the Chain Lakes Hike. This wonderful trail exposes…

Cascade Creek Trail

Cascade Creek Trail


The Cascade Creek Trail is a great adventure atop Yosemite Valley’s northern rim that boasts breaking views of the lush…