Glen Aulin - May Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,868' 569 m
Descent: -516' -157 m
High: 9,380' 2,859 m
Low: 7,893' 2,406 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A gradual uphill trail meandering through forests and across slabs to a wonderful alpine lake.”— schleppy schlepenstien
After filling up on water, enjoy the gradual climb along a small creek to McGee Lake. The lake is a quaint spot for a short respite, as long as the mosquitos aren't swarming. Continuing up, passing under the East Face of Tuolumne Peak, visitors will follow the trail to the intersection of the Murphy Creek Trail and then the Ten Lakes Trail/ Tuolumne Peak Trail.
Shortly thereafter, the trees thin out and the trail follows granite slabs up to the ridge above May Lake. Don't miss out on the perfectly placed Raisin Lake, called by many the "warmest" lake in the high country. This is a perfect place to rest up for the steep final push up to May Lake. Grand views of Tenaya Canyon, Mount Clark and beyond can be had from this section and from the ridge directly above the High Sierra Camp.
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