Lower Gaylor Lake Trail

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7.2 km
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258 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Wander through golden meadowlands and mixed pine forests as you make your way up to Lower Gaylor Lake Trail. This scenic adventure culminates at the shimmering lake that exhibits breathtaking panoramas of the quintessential granite domes that line the horizon. This sequestered trail is a must add to your Yosemite itinerary.

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Route Description for Lower Gaylor Lake Trail

The Lower Gaylor Lake Trail is a wonderful, family-friendly adventure above Tuolumne Meadows. If you are seeking a more isolated experience in Yosemite, then this trek is an excellent option. Meander through diverse terrains along a babbling creek and up to the shimmering lake that reveals humbling panoramas of the Sierra Nevada Range. Note: the path is rocky in sections, so mind your footing and wear sturdy footwear. Additionally, it is important to note that Tioga Pass Road is subject to seasonal closures. Yosemite National Park charges an entrance fee, check out the NPS website for additional information.

Embark on your adventure along the Lower Gaylor Lake Trail from the trailhead off Tioga Pass Road. From the trailhead, track the Lower Gaylor Lake Trail heading north. As you wander north, the path will approach a babbling creek running off from the alpine lakes. Let the sounds of the gurgling waters lull you into a state of relaxation, as you weave between exposed meadows and mixed pine forests. As you near the lake the trail will plateau, guiding adventurers through the meadowlands to Lower Gaylor Lake.

Rejuvenate your tired feet in the chilly waters of the lake as you revel in the beauty of the encompassing granite peaks. Take the time to admire the scenery and, when you are ready, backtrack along the path to the trailhead.

Getting to the Lower Gaylor Lake Trail Trailhead

The Lower Gaylor Lake Trail is accessed via the trailhead off Tioga Pass Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Backcountry Camping, Wilderness Permit Required.

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  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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