Tenaya Lake Trail

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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  • Tenaya Lake's west shore.- Tenaya Lake Trail
  • Tenaya Lake Trail.- Tenaya Lake Trail
  • The trail follows Tenaya Lake's south shore connecting the lake's east and west end.- Tenaya Lake Trail
  • Beach on the east shore.- Tenaya Lake Trail
  • Beach on the east shore.- Tenaya Lake Trail
  • Tenaya Lake Trail.- Tenaya Lake Trail
  • Tenaya Lake.- Tenaya Lake Trail
  • View of Tenaya Lake from near Olmstead Point.- Tenaya Lake Trail
  • - Tenaya Lake Trail
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Pros: 
Short and level lakeside hike. Swimming access.
Cons: 
Seasonal access.
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Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,170.00 ft (2,490.22 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Carved out by the Tenaya Glacier that extended from Tuolumne Meadows down to Yosemite Valley during the last ice age, Tenaya Lake is an alpine lake located along Highway 120/Tioga Pass Road along the gateway to Yosemite’s granite-laden high country. Popular with summertime swimmers and paddlers, Tenaya Lake is the largest easily accessible lake in Yosemite.

The Tenaya Lake Trail runs along the lake’s southern shore under the shade of lodgepole pine. The relatively short and easy trail connects the scenic vistas and rocky coves of the west end to the broad beach and picnic areas of the lake’s east end. This is an excellent, family-friendly hike.

The trail can be accessed from either the main Tenaya Lake parking area on east shore or along the west shore at the Sunrise Lakes/Clouds Rest Trailhead when Highway 120 is open, typically May through November.

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