Tenaya Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"By Yosemite standards, Tenaya is a very big lake, and a very popular one, too, because of its wide sandy beach and proximity to the Tioga Road. You can stroll along the shore for as long as you like on relatively flat trail, then return the way you came, or begin at one end and hike to the other, using the free shuttle bus to return to the start."
--Suzanne Swedo, Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Tenaya Lake is a favorite destination for many recurrent visitors, and this walk lets you enjoy all the lake’s best attributes: its sandy beaches, its deep-blue waters, and beautiful views of nearby peaks and domes. Encircling Tenaya Lake is a wonderful walk with young children. The trail is nearly flat, and you can stop just about anywhere for a dip in the remarkably warm water. Unless you are willing to wade the Tenaya Lake outlet, it is best to wait until July to take this walk."
--Elizabeth Wenk, 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"Tenaya Lake was named for Chief Tenaya who, with all his people, was driven from his home in Yosemite by the U.S. Cavalry. It is a very big lake by Yosemite standards—a very popular one too, with its wide sandy beach and proximity to the road. This hike takes you around the “back” side of the lake, away from the busy highway."
--Suzanne Swedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
"This hike begins at the mile-long Tenaya Lake and follows the southeast shore. Along the north shore, Polly Dome, the steep-sloped granite rock, rises 1,600 feet above the lake. To the east, Tenaya Peak towers above. The lake has several sandy beaches, including a quarter-mile beach and picnic area along the northeast shore."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park (Day Hike Books).
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