“A gradual uphill trail meandering through forests and across slabs to a wonderful alpine lake.”
— schleppy schlepenstien
Lake · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Seasonal Road Closure may prohibit or alter access, especially in winter months.
The well marked trail to May Lake branches off the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at a point near White Cascades, the waterfall next to the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp. Prepare for the long uphill by filling your water bottles there, at McGee Lake or one of the small creeks further up the trail (which may be dry depending on the season)
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.
Flora & Fauna
Scattered various wildflowers along the trail, various pines.