What? : Tenaya Lake is the largest and probably the most spectacular lake in Yosemite located just along Tioga Pass Road. It is the perfect location for a break in your day trip, enjoy the view and you may even go for a swim in the lake cold water.
Where? : Tenaya Lake is easy to accessed from the Tioga Pass Road (highway 120).
Located just 2.1 miles east of Olmsted Viewing Point (another must stop location on Tioga Pass) and 7.1 miles west of Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center.
When? : If you are planning to drive Tioga pass road (highway 120), enter or exit the park east entrance or visit Tuolumne Meadows make sure to visit the park main page to understand if this road is open or close. The road is usually open from mid-May to end of October.
Follow the link below for history records of road opening and closing dates:
The recommended time if you plan to deep in the lake is at hot mid-summer.
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