Young Lakes, Yosemite National Park, CA

Young Lakes Trail

Yosemite National Park

Lower Young Lake


The Trail from Tuolumne Meadows to Young Lakes

Tuolumne Meadows and Cathedral Range, Yosemite National Park, CA

Tuolumne Meadows and Cathedral Range


Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin Trail Junction, 1.6 miles

Following the Glen Aulin trail from the Lembert Dome trailhead, hikers enjoy meadow views along easy terrain for the first section of the hike. This section of the trail is part of of the Pacific Crest Trail. A sign at 1¾ miles marks the turnoff to Young Lakes.

Glen Aulin Junction to
Dog Lake Trail Junction, 3.2 miles

After a short traverse the trails turns uphill, climbing steadily in the direction of Ragged Peak and offering great vistas of Tuolumne Meadows and the Cathedral Range.


Young Lakes from Upper Young Lake, CA

Middle Young Lake from Upper Young Lake

Dog Lake Trail Junction to
Lower Young Lake 1.6 miles

Several hundred more feet of climbing along a trail that gradually lessens in severity leads to a ridge only a quarter mile from the lake. A gentle descent soon reveals Lower Young Lake. The trails hugs the northern shore. Many turn into the trees here to find campsites.

With campfire not allowed, campsites are wherever you find an appealing spot back from the water's edge. Middle Young Lake is another half mile of hiking. Upper Young Lake requires the ascent of a steep, primitive trail.