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Ostrander Lake Cutoff

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A trail that links the Ghost Forest/Deer Creek Bypass to the Ostrander Lake Trail.


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0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

98%

Runnable

7,163' 2,183 m

High

7,093' 2,162 m

Low

74' 23 m

Up

23' 7 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

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Features River/Creek · Wildflowers

Glacier Point Road is closed in the winter and spring until the road is cleared of snow. You can check road conditions at nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/... or by dialing 1-209-372-0200, dialing extensions 1/1.

Runner Notes

The trail is narrow with rocks and roots strewn throughout, especially the closer you get to the Ostander Lake Trail. Downed trees slow running at several stages, as they have not been dealt with by the park service to date.

Description

The Ostrander Lake Cutoff provides a shortcut between the Ghost Forest to Deer Camp Bypass and the Ostrander Lake Trail. It can be reached by running from Bridalveil Creek Campground along the Ghost Trail or by taking the Ostrander Lake Trail from Glacier Point Road.

As it departs the Ghost Forest to Deer Camp Bypass, the trail meanders through the evergreen forests found in this part of the park. The trail is fairly level for the first .6 miles before climbing gently from Bridalveil Creek up to the junction with the Ostrander Lake Trail. Flowering plants can be found along the trail in the spring while snow and ice can be found covering portions of the trail in the late fall as snow hides from the sun in the shadows of the forest. Animal tracks can be found along the trail, especially after a rainstorm or snowstorm.

The trail is a singletrack through the forest, which is no more than a foot wide in most places. There are a few places where downed trees cross the trail but they are easily overcome by climbing over them or running around. Around .6 miles, the trail becomes eroded as it weaves through the forest. Climbing gently uphill, the trail finally emerges in an open area where you have several options for continuing your run. You can take the Ostrander Lake Trail to the right and follow it as it climbs toward Ostrander Lake and the ski hut found there. If you take the Ostrander Lake Trail to the left, the trail heads back to Glacier Point Road where you can take the Ghost Trail back to the beginning of the Ostrander Lake Cutoff Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Evidence of deer, bear, raccoons, coyotes, and rabbits can be seen along the trail, especially as it nears Bridalveil Creek where they go for water or for food. There are lots of evergreen trees throughout the trail, providing shade throughout.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

Shared By:

David Hitchcock

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Parts of the trail are heavily eroded as it approaches Bridalveil Creek.
Nov 7, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Downed trees pose an obstacle, but can be overcome by walking around or climbing over.
Nov 7, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Animals and humans share the trail, which can be easily seen in the winter time.
Nov 7, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
The narrow trail works its way through a pine forest.
Nov 7, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA

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