Tenaya Lake Trail

Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Elevation Gain29ft
Trailhead Elevation8,158ft
Elevation Min/Max8157/8185ft
Elevation Start/End8158/8158ft

Tenaya Lake Trail

Tenaya Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County and Tuolumne County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 8,158 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 29 feet. Along the trail there is a parking. Near the end of the trail are a beach and a picnic site. This trail connects with the following: Clouds Rest Trail, Medlicott Dome Approach, Climber's Descent, East Beach Trail and Dozier Dome Approach.

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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

Tenaya Lake Trail Reviews

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Very short hike to a great view of Tenaya canyon. Can be a busy path but there is plenty of room for all to have their own slice of the experience without feeling like they are part of a crowd.
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I returned from for doing one half of this high trail loop 09/11/05. And thought it was fantastic. I started at Happy Ilse and hiked the Muir trail past the half dome cut off and down to the merced lake ranger station then up the west side of the merced river past Washburn lake but then went up over Red peak pass (11700 ft)as aposed to finnishing from the other side of the loops. down past Ottaway lks to the Illuette creek past mono meadow and back to the Yos val via the Panarama trail. The pass was cool but if done over I would have finished the loop as on the map.The whole area is full of breathtaking scenery with gorgeous waterfalls the next one ouidoing the last one. Plenty of places for water and good camping areas beyond the designated sites. trails are easy to follow well marked at intersections. YOU WILL have to take bear canisters but they turned out to be not much of a hassle. Did not see one bear but was warned they would be swarming all over. Allow an extra day to drive over to see the Maraposa sequia grove.You should figgure about 6 days to do the loops easily unless you are in bad shape . Great trip! jimc36@comcast.net

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