Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Trail Recomendation: Young and Dog Lakes

I've included another two page spread in my coffee-table book. This panorama is one of my favorites. I hiked this trail in the hight of summer and was almost completely alone the entire time. I saw one or two people in the first mile, then nothing the rest of the day.

The Young Lake trail starts at Tuolumne Meadows and works its way straight back into the wilderness, crossing creeks and cutting through meadows.

There is an eastern and western route up to the Young Lakes. Be sure to take the eastern route either coming or going, and stop at Dog Lake. The area around dog lake is full of meadows and marshes perfect for the grazing of dear. The whole area is perfectly peaceful and restorative.

Image at Left: one of the glacier scraped meadows along the trail, surrounded by a crown of distant, jagged peaks.

The National Park Service doesn't have a trail description for the Young Lakes, but Outside Magazine wrote a great article about backpacking to the Lakes titled "Going Backcountry in Yosemite." One note on the article: While backpacking would be a nice option, it is not necessary. I had no difficulty completing the route as a day hike.

Happy Exploring,



  1. Wow, Benjamin, You have a great blog here. Your pictures are beautiful! I can see that your coffee table book is going to be wonderful.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :)

  2. Amazing pictures!! Really love your pictures Ben. I am sure your coffee table book will come out really great. Thanks really for this post. I plan to go to Yosemite this summer, never been there yet, my excuse is I am new to CA or US :), plan to stay there for a week. I love hiking but am not much into backpacking since too much weight to carry. Anyway, how long was this hike for you? I sure would love to hit this trail. Thank you so much!

  3. Your definitely welcome. This hike is 5.5 miles one way and took me about six hours round trip.

  4. Great photo for the bell curve balance formed by the hills to the right and the treetops to the left.