Tenaya Lake - Canoe, Hike, Kayak, and Swim near Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park
Tioga Rd, California 95389, USA,Yosemite Valley,California
37.8328624, -119.4641213
Address: Tioga Rd, California 95389, USA
GPS: 37°49'58.3"N 119°27'50.8"W
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State: California

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Canoe, Hike, Kayak, and Swim

Tenaya Lake is one of the most visited destinations in Yosemite National Park. The lake is easily accessed by Highway 120/Tioga Pass road which runs along the north shore of the lake. On the east shore of the lake is a very large beach where most people will enter the lake to go swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. The road to the lake normally opens up in May, though depending on snow it might be later, and stays open until October. 

This lake is surrounded by beautiful scenery and hiking trails. One of the most popular trails for visitors to take is the Cloud Rest/Sunrise Lakes trail because it offers the best views of the lake and adjacent mountains. Like all of Yosemite, the area surrounding Tenaya lake was formed by glaciers and includes some beautiful granite peaks and domes. From the west end, visitors will be able to see Polly Dome, Pywiack Dome, and Mount Conness. 

When the road to the lake is open, many people enjoy driving up and enjoying all of the hiking and views nearby. The mountains and peaks nearby offer plenty of hiking and climbing trails for all abilities. 

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Directions

From Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

  1. Head southwest on Northside Dr toward Cook's Meadow Loop
    Toll road
    (2.9 mi)
  2. Keep right to stay on Northside Dr
    Toll road
    (2.1 mi)
  3. Continue onto El Portal Rd
    Toll road
    (0.9 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Big Oak Flat Road (signs for CA-120/Tioga Rd/Manteca)
    Toll road
    (9.5 mi)
  5. Continue onto Old Yosemite Coulterville Rd
    Toll road
    (344 ft)
  6. Turn right onto CA-120 E
    Toll road
    May be closed at certain times or days
    Destination will be on the right
    (31.4 mi)
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