California’s Eastern Sierra

Gardisky Lake Trail

Some call it the best short-uphill intensity hike in the Eastern Sierra! Located on the border of Yosemite National Park, this 1.2 mile steep uphill climb reaches meadows and Gardisky Lake in about two hours round trip. It offers sweeping scenic views of the unique landforms between Yosemite and Mono Lake, and is dog-friendly. Overnight trips are allowed (permit required). From Tioga Pass Road (Hwy. 120), turn on Saddlebag Lake Road east of Yosemite's east entrance gate. The trail head is about 1.25 miles along Saddlebag Lake Road. This is a short, demanding hike but is incredibly rewarding once at the end. With a beginning elevation of 9,750 feet and a total elevation gain of 735 feet, this out-and-back trail offers some stunning views of the surrounding areas. Best done in summer and fall, this 2 hour average hike is strenuous and best after a couple days of acclimatization.

Recreation Amenities
  • Info Sign:
  • Overnight: No Signage
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  • Signage Subtype:
    • Trailhead