Mariposa County, California

Explore Tenaya Lake, Yosemite NP

2.5 Miles Total - Loop Trail

Originally added by Sarah Giek

Tenaya Lake is one of the most picturesque and easily-accessible lakes in Yosemite National Park, making it a popular destination for swimming, kayaking, and exploring.

Tenaya Lake is located alongside Tioga Road in the park's Tuolumne Meadows region. There is a family-friendly trail that surrounds the lake. Though some spots along the trail on the western shore may require fording the waters, the 2.5-mile trip is an easy hike for all to enjoy. Many others prefer to find a sunny spot along the shore to relax and enjoy the views and the clear waters.

Parking is available at small lots at both ends of the lake, but feel free to park on the shoulder of Tioga Road to begin your adventure anywhere along the shore. The most scenic views, in my opinion, can be find near the west end of the lake, where the reflections of the granite domes provide the perfect photo opportunity.

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Chillin
Photography
Kayaking
Swimming
Hiking
Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic

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So Peaceful

Tenaya Lake is so quiet and beautiful. I felt like I was on top of the world in the high sierra.

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