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Tuolumne Meadows to Elizabeth Lake: Out-N-Back

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8.1 Miles 13.0 Kilometers


92%

Runnable

1,023' 312 m

Ascent

-1,023' -312 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

9,504' 2,897 m

High

8,641' 2,634 m

Low

Shared By Nate Porter

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

Nate Porter

Dogs No Dogs

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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