After traveling what feels like a great distance along Tioga Road and after passing Tuolumne Meadows, the scenery begins to change towards the spectacular. The road begins to ascend far above the valley and towards the land of glaciers, glaciated lakes and wide open views.
In the heart of this semi alpine wonderland, you'll find the large Tenaya Lake. The lake is fed by a glacier which gives it its stunning blue appearance. If you continue, the road will continue to reward you with impressive views, but, no matter how pressed for time, stop for a moment and observe the beauty of this laek.
The deep blue of an alpine lake, the stone cold gray of the Yosemite rocks and the brilliant blue of a perfect autumn sky. Tenaya Lake may be the most peaceful spot in Yosemite that can be reached by automobile. Why not park the car, take off your shoes and relax on the beach while pondering the blues and the grays of the high country.
Still on the highway 120 at your left you can stop to admire the Tenaya lake, just the kind of views you expect from this park, the lakes, the mountains …..
Route 120 is one of the most scenic roads of California
The reflection of the snow capped mountains across the lake looks like something out of a movie, perfect post card picture. Access to the lake is through Tioga Pass, highway 120 which is opened Mid may through October. We were lucky the highway opened a day before we arrived in the park.
Located between Yosemite Valley and Toulumne Meadows, named after chief Tenaya who met with the Mariposa brigade at the shores of this lake. The original name of the lake was 'Lake of the Shinning Rock'. The lake is formed from glacier water as it passes through the Tenaya canyon.
There is a 2.5 hike loop for those who want to hike, giving them a great view of the lake and its shores.
The water is so still you can see the reflection of the mountains and the clouds above.
This is a worthwhile stop, nature at its best.