Beautiful Ostrander Lake is a terrific trail that's often overlooked because, unlike many trails on the other side Glacier Point Road, it doesn't offer terrific views of Yosemite Valley.
In the summer, when there are plenty of crowds, Ostrander Lake is generally a great place to find some peace and quiet. The trailhead starts at the Ostrander Lake Parking Area, where restrooms are available.
The first 2.5 miles of the trail pass through relatively flat terrain. Bear left at the first trail junction, then left again at the second. Next is the trail's most difficult stretch, a 1,500-foot vertical ascent to Horizon Ridge, which offers terrific views of Mount Starr King and the Illilouette Creek Basin. After peaking at 8,720 feet, the trail drops 200 feet to Ostrander Lake. On the northern shore lies Ostrander Ski Hut, where cross-country skiers can spend the night in winter.
Thanks to guidebook author and photographer, James Kaiser, for sharing this trail description. If youre interested in learning more details about great day hikes, weather, camping / lodging, and geology, check out his book: Guide to Acadia National Park