Great time to be here. The loop begins after that and follows Tenaya Creek past the lake. You'll pass a small tarn on the right, and cross a small stream twice - be sure to treat some water at the stream as the trail will be dry for several miles afterwards. As others have said, unequivocally no camping at Tenaya Lake. We were worried about the mosquitos, but with repellant we didn’t get bitten. Trail is well maintained and takes you all the way around the lake, with beach access on one side as well. Mirror Lake Loop Trail Map Mirror Lake Loop. Follow the trail towards Sunrise and Clouds Rest. Use the free Yosemite Valley shuttle bus to get to trailheads. The trail is located at Happy Isles Loop Road at Shuttle Stop #17. Had a bit of trouble figuring out where to park to start the hike after not seeing signs at sunset. Get there around 4 hours after sunrise. Clear path with minimal elevation made it and easy journey for my parents in their 60s. (including Harden Lake), Park at wilderness center or Dog Lake parking, Glen Aulin to Cold Canyon/Waterwheel Running: Steep, but not too rough and rocky (3 out of 5) Highlights: Highlights? Incredible views of the lake. Stoke was high sauntering down the trail, as we knew we were in for a special experience that day. The trailhead begins at Tenaya Lake at the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead. Further northeast, Tenaya Canyon offers one of the quietest corners of Yosemite Valley. Limited public transportation is available to some trailheads, especially during summer. However there are no “tenaya loop” signs. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. This hike primary trail can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. There are two trails that leave from Tenaya Lake, one that leads to the north and one to the south. The Badger Pass Road is typically open from mid-December through March, conditions permitting. The relatively short and easy trail connects the scenic vistas and rocky coves of the west end to the broad beach and picnic areas of the lake’s east end. Tenaya Lake Trail alltrails.com. Tenaya Lake: Tenaya Lake trail - See 351 traveler reviews, 348 candid photos, and great deals for Yosemite National Park, CA, at Tripadvisor. Lots of people swimming, tubing and kayaking. After acclimatizing at Raisin Lake for two days, we were rested, relaxed, and excited to begin (like, truly begin) our backpacking journey from Yosemite High Country to Yosemite Valley. Look for Tenaya Lake as you drive along Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park in California. You may hike along the trail and camp at another destination beyond. Looked lovely and easy but so many mosquitoes we had to turn back even tho we had protection against them! Sunrise Lakes : This group of three lakes is an easy hike of less than 3 miles with plenty of good fishing. The first 1.5 miles of the Clouds Rest trail will be mostly flat ground that makes for an easy hike. Watkins and Tenaya Canyon itself. Beautiful views tho! Depending on the traffic, it’s roughly an hour from the Yosemite Valley to get to the trailhead. Get there around 4 hours after sunrise. The following trailheads allow (and require) you to stay at the Little Yosemite Valley Campground on the first night of your trip: If you have a permit for one of these two trailheads, you must spend your first night at Little Yosemite Valley Campground (no additional reservation or permit required). Trail is well maintained and takes you all the way around the lake, with beach access on one side as well. … Read more Mile 1 to 2 to Un-named peak 9,242 ft elev ^ 1,092 ft (Mile 1 ^200 ft, Mile 2 ^900 ft) Miles 3 to 6.5 9,200 ft elev ^ 00 ft. Mile 6.5 to 7.0 , Clouds Rest summit 9,926 ft elev ^ 684 ft Total ^ 1,776 ft ^ 7.0 mi X 2 = 14.0 mi RT (Most of gain in Mile 2 and final ½ mile) The John Muir Trail can only be directly accessed via these trailheads: Camping is not allowed on the Panorama Trail or near Illilouette Fall. Parking is not available at Happy Isles, Mirror Lake, or Yosemite Falls trailheads. 120 is not freeway but it is a small pleasure. Please check with the park on the current road conditions to Tioga Pass. The Mirror Lake sign [below] marks the trailhead. Bring your swim suites for a dip in the crystal clear water! Lying at 8,150 feet, Tenaya Lake is a beautiful alpine lake popular with summer swimmers and outdoor enthusiasts that sits between Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley. Take the Sunrise Lakes trail from Tenaya Lake. The most common and shortest route, which I cover in this guide, starts from Tenaya Lake, which is off Tioga Road in the northern section of the park. We arrived at 1:00 and didn’t do much hiking. The granite promontories in the background make for a great photo op, and the beach is a fantastic spot to kick back and relax. There is a junction in the meadow at the ~4.3 mile mark. Elevation at trailhead: 8,150 feet (2,480 meters) Elevation Gain: none. We got a change to see the high sierra camp pack mules coming down the trail. Perfect little activity after hanging out by the lake all day. Absolutely breathtaking. Polly Dome Lakes are located to the north of Tenaya Lake, just past Polly Dome. If you’re feeling ambitious, hike to Cloud’s Rest and return to Tenaya Lake for a therapeutic swim after a long day on the trail… The surface of Tenaya Lake has an elevation of 8,150 feet (2,484 m). This trail leads from May Lake, west of Tuolumne Meadows, to Mirror Meadow, in the Yosemite Valley. Melting snow and rain falling on the surrounding granite peaks flow into the lake. This time no mosquitoes and I finally took a swim in the lake. This a fantastic hike. Good wide path, hold hands! Hiking Time: 1 - 2 hours. The sun was just cracking the horizon on a hot August morning when we took off from the Tenaya Lake trailhead in Yosemite National Park—a loose but experienced crew of six climbing buddies who lived for High Sierra hijinks of any variety. However, the difficulty quickly increases as the next mile the path will turn into switchbacks gaining 1,000+ feet of … Distance: 2.5 miles (4 km) loop around the lake. Stunning panoramic views. Approach. The total mileage of this trip is ten and a half miles with and elevation loss of approximately 4,700 feet. Overnight parking is allowed here. When I met her on a different trail the following day she mentioned that she had added "for a mountain lake" as a qualifier after I was out of ear shot. 12:15pm. We got a change to see the high sierra camp pack mules coming down the trail. All trailheads have food lockers available, except when noted otherwise. Polly Dome Lakes. One of the standout landmarks along Tioga Road is the beautiful Tenaya Lake. We kept going and had lunch at raisin lake, and the views there of Clouds Rest, Mt Clark, Tenaya Peak and Cathedral peak were spectacular. 37.82583, -119.46999. The west end can be accessed by the Clouds Rest/Sunrise Lakes Trailhead, and it offers the lake's best vista. Tenaya Lake itself is on the Tioga Pass Road near the eastern end of Yosemite National Park. On Friday morning, drive to meet your group at the Sunrise Trailhead, at the west end of Tenaya Lake off Tioga Road. The trail provides rare views of Half Dome, North Dome, Mt. Please note that Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road trailheads have no vehicle access when these roads are closed, typically from around November to May or early June. This road is closed due to winter conditions from about the middle of October to the end of May/beginning of June. If you still haven't found your trailhead name, the following information should help you. 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