Tenaya Lake Trail

EASY 84 reviews
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Tenaya Lake Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 196 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

https://youtu.be/_I2bBg47UQI This video is of Gaylor Lakes and Tenya Lake. If you want to spend a day out and recommend doing both these hikes for an easy day of hiking! They are both off Tioga Pass and only seperated by a 15 minute drive. So pretty!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike for all ages, meaning older parents with difficulty walking. Stunning panoramic views

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking. I reccomend starting at sunrise lake trail and it connects to tenaya lake trail. Beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful lake!

hiking
3 months ago

There are a lot of wonderful views but a third of route it is just a road. 120 is not freeway but it is a small pleasure.

hiking
3 months ago

Good time to walk this trail without any mosquitoes. I had gone two other times this summer and didn't do this trail cause the mosquitoes were insane all summer around Tenaya Lake as soon as you took a few steps out your car they would quickly start following you. This time no mosquitoes and I finally took a swim in the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

was a nice easy trail water was good ...

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

Lots of bugs but great swimming

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy if you're looking to just get out and see the lake, but LOTS of mosquitos near the west side, you need heavy-duty bug spray for that section. Nice walk by the lake but no great views of the distance. I imagine this would be pretty good for families/beginners because it's all flat

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Tue Nov 13 2018

Easy. Done it several times. Beautiful.

Thu Oct 18 2018

Amazing trail

hiking
Sat Sep 22 2018

Easy and just so beautiful as you go around Lake Tenaya. Worth the drive.

hiking
Wed Sep 12 2018

Such a beautiful lake in the middle of Yosemite National Park! Was there Labor Day weekend and there were still people swimming and plenty of happy people! Very clear lake and many great photo ops too!

paddle sports
Sat Sep 08 2018

Even Busy Labor Day Weekend the lake was amazingly quiet. Kayaked early morning then hiked trail around the lake. Highly recommend

hiking
Fri Jul 13 2018

Did this as part of a much longer hike from the valley. Awesome but it was pretty low light through this section. One of my favorite golden retreivers was named after this hike. I miss Tenaya!

Fri Apr 13 2018

Came here early September. The trail was mostly dry. Easy stroll around the very beautiful Tenaya lake. Encountered few people on the trail. Great hike to take older family members onto. Can spend sometime on the pristine beach/in water when weather is warm.

hiking
Fri Feb 02 2018

Tenaya Lake trail has beautiful views of stone mountains and snow-capped mountains well into July. Be prepared to walk through about a foot of water in the beginning and end of the trail. The only downside to this trail is that the view never seemed to change but since the view was so grand it didn’t seem to bother me much.

Fri Oct 27 2017

Easy, peaceful. Great with mature toddlers/school age kids. Not accessible with stroller.

hiking
Wed Sep 13 2017

Just completed this last week. At start take off your boots through the creek. The stepping stones at end are way under water! Hike until the beach and then turn around and hike back, otherwise you are walking along road. I did encounter a Mountain lion. He was sunning himself on a rock between trail and lake. A few loud blows on my whistle sent him up the mountain. Easy and quiet, only saw 2 other hikers.

hiking
Fri Jul 14 2017

The Tenaya Lake Trail was peaceful and beautiful! The lakeshore was nice and the water was cold. If you want to get away from the crowds this is the hike to do.

hiking
Thu Mar 31 2016

Views were breathtaking, trail is good for kids!

Sun Oct 15 2006

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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2 months ago

recorded Tenaya Lake Trail

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