A Top 10 must see destination in Yosemite National Park – Tenaya Lake

Yosemite National Park – Places to See – Tenaya Lake elevation of 8,150 feet is located off HWY 120 (Tioga Pass) in Yosemite’s high country. The lake at its natural level is approx. 114 feet deep with crystal clear and cool snow melt waters. The West shore outlet of Tenaya creek eventually meets up with Mirror Lake and the Yosemite Valley.

Tenaya Lake was created by the Tenaya Glacier, which flowed out of the vast Tuolumne Ice Sheet and down to Yosemite Valley. This same glacier created Half Dome

  • Hiking is a popular activity. Trailheads that start at Tenaya Lake lead to Cathedral LakesClouds RestHalf Dome, the Yosemite Valley floor May Lake and Murphy’s Creek.
  • Fishing is permitted year-round at Yosemite National Park. Visitors over 16 require a valid California fishing license. Various species of trout can be caught in the lake.
  • Visitors can kayak, canoe, or sail on the lake. No formal launch facilities or docks are available, and motorized boats are not permitted. Swimming is permitted.

We have been visiting Yosemite routinely sine 2012 and Tenaya lake has become the must see stop on each visit. The crowds have grown over the years but a cool refreshing dip in the lake is a requirement after a long hot day of hiking in Yosemite’s high country.

When asked by first time visitors on the Must see or do items in Yosemite, we always include Tenaya lake if you have the time from the Valley floor or as a must see stop if traveling Hwy 120 Tioga Pass through Yosemite. Its waters are purer that Lake Tahoe and just as crystal clear.

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