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Tuolumne Meadows to Elizabeth Lake: Out-N-Back

Intermediate/Difficult

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8.1 mile 13.0 kilometer out and back
92% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,023' 312 m
Descent: -1,023' -312 m
High: 9,504' 2,897 m
Low: 8,641' 2,634 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Nate Porter

A smooth run that peaks at a spectacular view of Elizabeth Lake at the base of Cathedral Peak.

Nate Porter

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This great 8 mile out-and-back bringing you up to the serene Elizabeth Lake, where views of Cathedral Peak and the surrounding wilderness abound.

Description

From Tuolumne Lodge via the JMT, one must travel 0.7 miles before crossing the Twin Bridges in the meadows. Within the next 0.15 miles you'll take a sharp right and follow the river until the trail leads slightly uphill and through the campground. After this, you'll come to a fork in which the trail on the left will lead you to Elizabeth Lake.

The remainder of the run (until you turnaround) is an uphill that requires very little technical maneuvering. Surrounded by trees the majority of the time, you might think that this trail lacks the viewpoints that other trails in the High Country afford. However, once the trail flattens out and opens up into the serene landscape of Elizabeth Lake, you'll not be disappointed. Lying at the base of Cathedral Peak, this alpine lake offers a view that simply can't be captured on a postcard...

Before you start on the amazing descent, make sure you kick back, relax, and take in the beauty that this 3-mile climb brought you to.

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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These formations in Lyell Canyon make for great swimming holes along the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park.
Jan 25, 2017 near Yosemit…, CA
You have reached your destination!
Jul 10, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Storm rolling over Mammoth Mountain as seen in Tuolumne Meadows
Jul 10, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
So thick it blocks out Cathedral
Jul 10, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Trail headed toward Elizabeth Lake.
Jan 21, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Unicorn Creek flowing out of Elizabeth Lake and toward the Tuolumne River.
Jan 21, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA

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