Gaylor Lakes Trailhead

A chain of mountains can be seen at the far end of a large body of water. The upper half of the photo is a clear blue sky.

Quick Facts

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Take in views of beautiful alpine lakes and lofty granite peaks on this picturesque day hike.

This hike offers some of the most spectacular high-country views off of Tioga Road. From the trailhead, climb steadily to a ridge with views of the high Sierra including Mt. Dana and Dana Meadows with its scattered ponds. At the ridge crest, the trail drops 200 feet to Middle Gaylor Lake. Return via the same route.

Gaylor Lakes (moderately strenuous)
2 miles (3.2 km) round-trip; 2 hours
500 ft (152 m) elevation gain

Accessible only while Tioga Road is open to vehicles, from late May or early June to sometime in November.

Getting Here
Begin at Tioga Pass Entrance.

Rules & Regulations
Stay on established trails
Pets are not allowed on hiking trails
Pack out what you pack in
Bears and other wildlife can be present on trails at any time of the day or night. Feeding and approaching wildlife is dangerous and illegal! Be sure to properly store your food.
Tioga Road closes after the first significant snowfall. Overnight parking on this road ends October 15. For current road and weather information, please call 209/372-0200.

Hazards & Warnings
Carry (and drink) plenty of water: a leading cause of injuries on the trail is dehydration. Be sure to treat river, stream, lake, or spring water.
Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them, and wear sturdy footwear with good traction.
Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and conditions.

This trail is not accessible.

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Last updated: November 7, 2021