Lukens Lake – 2.5mi / 4km
The hike through the enchanted forest is almost as enjoyable as this gorgeous little lake. The trail immediately enters a forest of immense pines. After an easy grade up, the trail gently descends to a large meadow that fills with a vast array of flowers. The trail parallels the meadow, then runs alongside the lake through the trees before crossing the outlet to a shoreline. This is a perfect spot for a snack before heading back.
You can also access the lake from the White Wolf Campground. This longer 4.5mi/7.2km round-trip route is mostly level and travels through a beautiful forest with a few meadows before climbing 100ft/30m to the lake.
Trailhead: Look for the small, signed parking lot for Lukens Lake along the Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake. If hiking from White Wolf, the trail begins across from the lodge.
Elevation Gain: 300ft / 90m – Elevation Loss: 300ft / 90m