They say that the wildflower show around Lukens Lake can be pretty darn nice in early summer. I might have been a bit early but it is hard to imagine a more dramatic display of Shooting Stars in the meadows and along the waterways. Plenty other colorful wildflowers were doing their part to create a beautiful wildflower adventure.
Where: Yosemite National Park
Distance: 7.57 Miles (1.6 miles roundtrip to only Lukens Lake)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Range: 7,860′ – 8,351′
Elevation Gain: 749′
Date: June 20, 2022
Map: CALTOPO: Hiking to Lukens Lake and White Wolf
Dog Hike? No
I headed into Yosemite National Park via the Arch Rock Gate, arriving at 7:19 am and there was no line. I showed them my Peak Hour Reservation Pass, pass and ID. They set a new world record, giving me my yellow ticket to to tape to my windshield.
From Crane Flat, where the Tioga Road begins, I followed Tioga Road past the turnoff for the White Wolf Campground road to a turnout on the right handside where the short route, about 1.6 miles round trip, up to where the Lukens Lake Trailhead is located. You can check out the parking at this Google Street View panorama of the trailhead area provided by Yosemite Hikes. The longer route, about 4.6 miles round trip, starts across from the White Wolf Lodge. I walked across the road where the trail began.
This is mosquito season along these creeks and lakes, so I preemptively sprayed down and even though I was really tempted to wear shorts, I wore long pants. A light breeze came and went during my hike and that helped keep them off of me. I suggest you be prepared for them. The trail goes through the 2021 lightening caused Lukens Fire that burned 867 acres. There are many burned and standing blackened trees along the trail but many flowers thriving in this burned area.
As I reached …….