Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, California

 

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During our August trip to Yosemite National Park area, we decided to explore the parts less traveled, mostly to avoid the crowds.  Our first stop was Tenaya Lake, which is located on Tioga Pass Road in Yosemite National Park.  At over 8000 feet elevation, Tenaya Lake is a beautiful alpine lake located in the High Sierra's surrounded by granite mountains.  Formed by glacial action, Tenaya Lake is tucked into the mountains that feels almost tropical. White sand beaches adorn this beautiful lake. The kids had fun making sand tunnels and dams while my husband napped in the warmth of the sun.  It was a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.  We spotted a few people fishing from the boulders on the lake shore.  Nearby is a shaded trail (about 12miles long) that can connect you to the Village area of Yosemite.   Would love to do that hike once the kids are older and more able to handle longer distances.  There is also a 2.5 mile hike around the lake.  We started around the lake but had to go back.  We couldn’t convince the kids to leave behind their sand structures early enough for the entire around-the-lake hike - the sun began setting.  The only bad thing about this spot is that Tioga Pass Road runs on one side of the lake.  From our spot on the white sand, it was easy to ignore the road, we couldn’t hear it at all.  Tenaya Lake's proximity to Tioga Pass Road also makes access easy.

 Playing on the white sand beach of Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, California

Playing on the white sand beach of Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, California

View of Tenaya Lake and mountains from the white sand beach, Yosemite National Park, CA

View of Tenaya Lake and mountains from the white sand beach, Yosemite National Park, California

View of Tenaya Lake from the trail, Yosemite National Park, CA

View of Tenaya Lake from the trail, Yosemite National Park, California

 

 
Practical Information (as of August 2015)

Directions:  Along Tioga Pass Road, road closed for the winter (November to May)

Features:  Blue alpine Lake surrounded by Granite mountains, white sand beach

Entrance Fee:  Included in Yosemite Entrance Fee ($30 April-Oct, $25 Nov-Mar, Free with Annual National Parks Pass)

Hike:  2.5 miles for around the lake hike

 

Warning: The safety of these adventures are dependent on a variety of factors including but not limited to: terrain, weather, wildlife, hiker skill level, human error, and other foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information provided at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.  As such, we will not be held responsible for any harm, injury, and/or loss that may result. Your personal judgement on the safety of each adventure is required at all times. Please use your own discretion and be safe.

 

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