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Dog Lake

HomeDog Lake

Dog Lake, named by Robert Marshall of the US Geological Survey who found a sheepdog with a litter of puppies in the area, is a pretty little lake, with nice scenery surrounding it and a fun but easy trail leading up to it. Not exactly a hike for thrill seekers, this is more of a place to go if you would like to see something that many miss out on during their trip to Yosemite, mostly because the area itself is quite beautiful, and a bit unique when compared to other lakes in the area.

Best Time to Visit

As long as the Tioga Road is open, it’s a good time to visit. Come anytime from June through October.

Difficulty

While we rank it a 4/10, it isn’t very difficult and shouldn’t pose much of a problem to anyone besides the infirm and, perhaps, the young. It is a bit rocky and steep in the beginning, but you should not have too much difficulty completing this.

Distance and Hiking Time

At only 2.8 miles, it is a pretty short hike, so don’t worry about scheduling other hikes throughout the day. You should be done within 1.5 – 3 hours, especially since there isn’t—strictly speaking—a ton to do here.

Parking

Just look for the parking lot at the trailhead—it’s normally pretty empty, and you should basically always be able to get a good spot.


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