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Dog Lake Trail



1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 596' 182 m
Descent: -14' -4 m
High: 9,187' 2,800 m
Low: 8,602' 2,622 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)


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Dog Lake is an accessible, short, backcountry hike to a beautiful lake with views of the mountains.

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Features Birding · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is a beautiful, short trail that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It is best suited for kids who are comfortable hiking for a few hours and can carry their own water.

Closed from approximately early Nov. through mid-May or when Tioga Road closes due to snow for the season.


Dog Lake is a scenic lake nestled 1.7 miles off of Tioga Road in Tuolumne Meadows. The trail is easily accessed via two nearby trailheads and is often combined with a trip up the Lember Dome Trail or as a short detour for hikers heading out to the Young Lakes area. There is ample parking available in the nearby lots and it can also be reached via the park shuttle.

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 hike 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.

Flora & Fauna

You will find alpine wildflowers, lots of lodgepole pines, birds, and maybe even a deer or two along the way!

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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Aug 28, 2019
Daniel Marcus
Beautiful trail.
Jul 14, 2019
Sophia Barwegen
Jul 12, 2019
Olivia Lynn
Quick 2 mile hike
Jul 1, 2019
Sophia Barwegen
Oct 23, 2018
Jaclyn Rose
Sep 9, 2018
Jeff Stroud
Aug 1, 2018
D. Michael Wassom
Walked to the lake... then around the lake... crowded, but the Tuolumne Meadows area was the only part of Yosemite easily accessible.
Jun 24, 2018
Sungyeal Kim

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Dog Lake with other high sierra peaks in the background.
Jan 27, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Dog Lake
Nov 19, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Dog Lake as seen from the Dog Lake Trail.
Nov 19, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Views of Dog Lake from the trail.
Nov 19, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Trail leading from the parking lot to Dog Lake, Lembert Dome, and Young Lakes. The trails break off the further you walk along the sandy, gravel path seen here.
Jan 27, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Buck in velvet encountered in the woods along the trail to Dog Lake.
Jan 27, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA


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