Dog Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 596' 182 m
Descent: -14' -4 m
High: 9,187' 2,800 m
Low: 8,602' 2,622 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“Dog Lake is an accessible, short, backcountry run to a beautiful lake with views of the mountains.”— Supriya Limaye
The majority of the elevation gain comes at the beginning of the trail as you ascend from the parking lot towards the trail junction. From the trail junction it is a relatively easy run out to the western shore of the lake.
The lake itself is shallow and relatively warm by alpine lake standards, which makes it perfect for wading in or for a refreshing swim. It is surrounded by pines and reflections of the nearby peaks can often be seen in the lake. During the summer, nesting birds can be spotted along the shore and deer often graze nearby.
Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite