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“beautiful lake”(42 reviews)
“tioga road”(27 reviews)
“tioga pass”(37 reviews)
Yosemite National Park, CA
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All reviews beautiful lake tioga road tioga pass crystal clear water pretty lake eastern shore picnic lunch olmsted point pull over worth a stop high elevation picnic area parking lot yosemite valley parking area kayak drive
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Reviewed December 2, 2018

Hiked through on a three day trip. It is beautiful to stop and have lunch here. The reflections on the lake are simply amazing. Plenty of water, even in the hot summer.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank returnmetokaneohe
Reviewed November 29, 2018

This is excellent and pristine. That said, it's not something that has to be seen. It's worth hopping out of the car as you drive by to get a pic or two, but in a place like Yosemite in pales in comparison compared to some...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank KRM210
Reviewed November 25, 2018

One of the most beautiful places I have visited, Serene and very picturesque. It was hard to drive away, but having it in memory makes me happy, Visit this gem guys and enjoy!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gmike22
Reviewed November 13, 2018

We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this lake and hike were. I would recommend doing the full hike. It is short, but as soon as you get 100 yards from the road you have almost complete solitude. Absolutely beautiful. It was probably our favorite...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JCB1689
Reviewed October 31, 2018

The lake reflects the color of the mountain and color changes with the hour by the reflection of the sun on the mountain and the sky. If you can go at different hours you are going to be able to appreciate this beauty. Colors vary...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rosanna B
Reviewed October 27, 2018

We drove the 120 highway and were so happy to be up at 9000 feet elevation and see two fo the highest peaks in the Sierra Nevada's. This lake was pretty with the mountains in the background.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Barbara B
Reviewed October 25, 2018

A beautiful and serene lake where you can appreciate the calmness of nature and the beauty of the hills, water and natural vegetation.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tay08
Reviewed October 11, 2018

Literally a 2 minute walk from the parking area. Great view of the lake with very little ripples in the water. Definitely worth stopping for pictures, especially because it will only take you a few minutes. The South side of the lake facing North East...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Offgrid_nomad
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Stopped for a picnic lunch at this small but pretty lake along Tioga Road. It was not crowded at all and has clear blue waters and some trees for shade . Plus there’s some nice photographs to be taken here as well.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tantiko
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

We have visited before and found the lake beautiful with vistas in every direction. This time we brought our kayaks and had the lake to ourselves - the water was clear and although there was a steady 5 to 10 knot breeze - easy to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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June 6, 2017|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Tenaya Lake is accessible when Tioga Road is open. Check the official NPS map to get the best information.
July 1, 2016|
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Response from Kris R | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely check out the falls, too. There's a little market like others mentioned and there were snacks there but I don't remember any restaurants at all. We got to our hotel (in Mariposa) about 8PM and the town... More
May 22, 2016|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Hi This is a great question for the TripAdvisor forum where questions are answered the same day. Tenaya Lake is alongside Tioga Road with picnic areas in two places. It is about 30+ miles from the western end of Tioga... More