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.