From the trailhead across the street from Tenaya Lake we begin to climb. The trail begins to flatten out and soon we pass beneath Polly Dome. Much of this trail is in the trees, though we do come out into the open from time to time.
After a few miles you pass a small pond just west of the Polly Dome Lakes. You may want to get water here because you won't have another chance for a couple miles. Maybe a quarter mile past this pond you arrive at a junction and turn left. You will turn left again after about a half mile. This trail climbs through the trees to a saddle. Shortly past the saddle the trail comes out of the trees and continues along the side of the mountain.
This trail offers wide panoramic views of the canyon below, but it is sunny and can be quite warm. The trail climbs steady at first, then switchbacks up as you apprach the saddle above. Once at the saddle you can break for lunch and walk to the top of the notch just ahead.
The trail descends a short distance and passes another small lake which is supposed to be a good swimming hole. From there the trail continues and remains fairly flat until switchbacking up for the last time. It passes a few small meadows at the top before coming out at May Lake. The High Sierra Camp is near the south end of the lake and camping is available a short distance farther.