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Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake

One of Tioga Pass Road’s loveliest attractions lies only a few feet from the pavement six miles west of Tuolumne Meadows. Glittering Tenaya Lake fills a granite-backed basin, its sapphire waters lapping near the highway’s edge for nearly a mile. Park your car on the east end of the 150-acre lake and take a stroll down to its white-sand beach. The water is icy cold for swimming, but the beach offers a perfect vantage point for watching rock climbers inch their way up neighboring granite domes. (The Yosemite Mountaineering School offers daily lessons and guided climbs for all ability levels.)