Gaylor Lakes Trail starts near the entrance to Yosemite National Park on Tioga Pass Road, and is quite a steep and strenuous trail. It ascends about 1,000 ft in about a mile and started at about 10,000 ft elevation. This required us to stop regularly to catch our breath along the way, but it was well worth the effort because the views were spectacular all along the way up and down the trail. The top of the trail is above treeline and the wind brisk. We met and talked to several people along the trail, and on the way down encountered several guys who decided that this trail was just too steep for them and they headed back downhill. I usually try to avoid really steep trails, but this one was worth doing, in my opinion.
The higher we got the more apparent the haze from the forest fires was toward Yosemite Valley. There are several of them currently burning.