Ostrander Lake is a popular destination in Yosemite National Park, both in the summer and winter. The lake is situated south of Yosemite Valley and lies about 8500 feet (2600 m) above sea level, just below the treeline. Bridalveil Creek flows from this lake, eventuating in lovely Bridalveil Falls that you readily see from Yosemite Valley’s famous lookout. It’s just over a six mile (about 9 km) trail to the lake from the Glacier Park road, easy at first, the last half quite steep. In the summer the trail is used by both backpackers and day-hikers. The hut at the lake is much in demand during winter with people who cross-country ski and snow-shoe, but is closed during the summer.
I’ve backpacked to this lake three times over the years, always enjoying its quiet and solitude. One of the special times of day always is sunset, when the changing light is a pleasure to study, as you can see from these photos.
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