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blue Elizabeth Lake Trail

Trail

2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 774' 236 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 9,511' 2,899 m
Low: 8,737' 2,663 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)

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Trail shared by Nate Porter

A beautiful trail that ends with spectacular views of Elizabeth Lake and the base of Cathedral Peak.

Nate Porter

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This would be a great option for older kids as an introduction to backpacking or a longer day hike.

Description

To get to this trail, you must take portions of first the Pacific Crest Trail, followed by a small section of the John Muir Trail.

After the fork for the Elizabeth Lake Trail, the trail ascends toward the lake. Though strenuous, the trail is not technical.

The trail will eventually flatten out and open up into the serene landscape of Elizabeth Lake. Make sure to enjoy all the beauty that this Alpine lake has to offer before turning around for the 3-mile descent, back the way you came.

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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Jul 8, 2018
Mark T Mueller
Jun 22, 2018
Hannah JaeMyoung Chang
Sep 19, 2017
R C
Lots of forestation at first, opening to the lake. There was a strong, cold wind coming off the lake upon first approach, but clear spots on the sides 5mi
Aug 30, 2017
Shlomo Waser
Round trip plus a loop a round the lake. 5.3mi
Aug 8, 2017
Stephen Pack
Sep 23, 2016
Leslie Adams
Beautiful red foliage. Some snow remaining at altitude. Lunch at lake 5mi
Sep 23, 2016
Jenny Adams
Dec 6, 2015
calico metzer
2014

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  4.2 from 6 votes

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