Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Short and level lakeside hike. Swimming access.

Cons

Seasonal access.

Trailhead Elevation

8,170.00 ft (2,490.22 m)

Net Elevation Gain

50.00 ft (15.24 m)

Features

Big vistas

Location

Field Guide + Map

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