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Young Lakes

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Trail that climbs up to the shore of Young Lakes with beautiful views of Ragged Peak.

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9,971' 3,039 m


9,731' 2,966 m


242' 74 m


100' 30 m



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Max Grade (12°)

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The Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite National Park is accessed by Tioga Road, which is closed in the winter and the spring due to snow. Check the park website for current road conditions nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/…

Snow can linger in this area into late June and July, so check with rangers regarding trail conditions before heading out and possibly encountering snow.

Need to Know

There are no services or restrooms along this trail. The nearest facilities are in Tuolumne Meadows either at the visitor center or the Lembert Dome parking area.


To access Young Lakes, you can take one of two trails from Tuolumne Meadows to access this trail. You can either hike up around Lembert Dome and then break off to the left before getting to Dog Lake and then enjoy a nice hike through the woods before getting spectacular views of the Cathedral Range as you approach Ragged Peak. Or you can hike out toward Glen Aulin and then climb uphill through a pine forest to the trailhead. Once you reach the trail, you meanders around the edge of ragged peak.

There is a small creek that you can rock hop before the trail climbs uphill. The trail works its way around Ragged Peak and there are some stunning views of the peak as you make your way toward the lake. The trail crosses a sand bar and then drops down to the lower lake and you can start to get a glimpse of the lake. The lake lies in a basin with granite cliffs surrounding the lake, with Ragged Peak sitting on the end. From here, you can explore the shore-line and there are several campsites 100 yards back from the shoreline on the western side of the lake that are great for camping.

To the left, there is an outlet with a great view of Ragged Peak, a great place to rest and enjoy the view. Common use trails lead up to the upper lakes, which are less crowded and offer good fishing opportunities. From here, you retrace your steps to the trail junction. You can either hike this as an out and back or as a loop, depending on what you want to do. It is roughly the same distance either way you go.

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David Hitchcock

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At Young Lakes looking at Ragged Peak.
May 7, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Ragged Peak and Young Lakes in July.
Jul 17, 2022 near Yosemit…, CA
Landscape at Young Lakes.
May 7, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
View of Lower Young Lake and Ragged peak from the shoreline.
Jul 17, 2022 near Yosemit…, CA
Ragged Peak comes into view as you make your way around it to get to Young Lakes.
Jul 17, 2022 near Yosemit…, CA



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Jul 14, 2022
Charles Paige
Jul 2, 2022
David Hitchcock
Young Lakes was pretty, and enjoyed lunch at the lake.
Sep 5, 2021
Marc Corona
Jun 18, 2020
Sophia Barwegen
Aug 29, 2017
Chris Toso
Jul 21, 2017
Chris Toso
Sep 10, 2016
Beat Naef
Aug 21, 2016
Charles Paige