Trip Report – Young Lakes/Roosevelt Lake July 2013

Total distance: 13.5 miles (loop)
Elevation changes: +2669 ft / -2728 ft
Entry Trailhead: Young Lakes via Glen Aulin
Exit Trailhead: Young Lakes via Dog Lake
Date: 7-19-2013 to 7-20-2013

It is hard to believe that we went on this trip THREE years ago and I have yet to write up a trip report for it.  Well, better late than never, considering that this was one of my most favorite trips!

We split up into two different groups going in from two different trailheads.   Here was me working on the GPS at the Glen Aulin parking lot and taking the mandatory Tough Guys Picture™ with my Hasselblad.

Hiking in was quite uneventful and we caught quite a good view of the Tuolumne Meadows.

Taking the trail towards Young Lake from the Glen Aulin trail.


As planned, we met the other group at the junction where the two trails, one from Glen Aulin and the other from Dog Lake, met.  After a brief rest to check maps, we took off for the final stretch to the Young Lakes basin.























Even though I read up on this trail before, I still made the mistake of taking a use trail by the waterfalls that connected the Young Lakes.  Had we walked more towards the north, there would have been a broader and flatter meadows that bypass the use trail (see the topo map).  By the time we arrived, it was dusk already.  The basin actually opened towards west and thus the surrounding mountains were all bathed in the warm sunset light.  The most prominent peak in the area is Ragged Peak, which looks to live up to its name.

Sunrise at the campsite.









The next day we woke up and cooked up quite a meal.  We should have tried out our recipes back at home.  As it was, we realized that cooking pancake in the wild was more challenging than thought.  Here were pictures of those that resembled pancakes.

After breakfast, we broke down our tents and cached the bulk of our gears at the campsite. We decided to trek over to Roosevelt Lake.  As there were no obvious trails, we tried to maintain the same elevation (~10000 ft) as we trekked towards the Lake.

Taking this route took us around the bottom of Mt. Confess, which in retrospect, was more rocky than necessary.












Nonetheless, we were able to reach Roosevelt Lake in good time.  This lake without a doubt was one of my most favorite lakes in Yosemite so far.  We ran into some Park rangers conducting a survey in the area and also a group of backpackers who trekked over from the 20 Lakes Basin.












On our return trip, we took a more direct route towards the campsite to save time.  It was a lot more climbing than the other route but not too bad.























This was when we spotted some clouds moving in.











Those clouds turned out to be the front of some more thundercloud and made our return trip quite exciting (the famous Sierra Nevada afternoon storm).  Some of the return route were quite exposed so we had to hike off trail to maintain coverage.  We ran into the same rangers we met earlier and they advised us to just run, which we did.

I could still remember this trip 3 years later… which goes to show you how memorable this trip was!









Pictures by Warren N. (EM5), and Kit N. (Film + Hasselblad)

Some Footnotes:

A rough track in GPX format can be downloaded here.

Topo Map:


Elevation Profile:



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