Dog Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 596' 182 m
Descent: -14' -4 m
High: 9,187' 2,800 m
Low: 8,602' 2,622 m
GradeAvg 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.”— Supriya Limaye
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.
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.
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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite