Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park

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At an elevation of 3,031 m (9,943 ft ), Tioga Pass represents the highest highway pass in the Sierra Nevada. Serving as an entry point for Yosemite National Park, the 95 km (59 mi) stretch of road is considered to be one of the most scenic drives in the Sierras, according to National Geographic magazine. The road winds through forests and meadows and hugs the edge of Tenaya Lake. Along the way, you'll pass by the granite outcroppings and cliffs that Yosemite is known for--you can often spot rock climbers on the cliff faces. The pass features lots of off-the-beaten-path hiking opportunities and numerous picnic spots. Take a look at our Yosemite National Park travel route planner to schedule your visit to Tioga Pass and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I traveled on the outward journey and return in early June to get to Yosemite National park. Road with breathtaking views, lovely. The thing that may interest you is that you can continue for quite a while without pay, before of course to enter the Park. If you don't want to or can't enter the Park the Board anyway to go, you won't regret it.
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  • Up to 15 before traveling to the United States we didn't know if we could get by Tioga Pass because it was closed by the snow... but luckily they opened it and we could do the path that we had already planned from Tenerife... as you enter you're already an idea of what you'll find in Yosemite... beautiful lakes with snow in the background... streams with crystal clear waters... panoramic road... we saw deer on a pretty big stretch we were seeing thousands of butterflies that flew on all sides, and we had to slow the March to avoid killing some... was very exciting... no doubt the best welcome to Yosemite... June 2018
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  • totally the best entrence into yosemite national park. great views and lakes raise the expectations of whats to come  more »
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  • While returning to California one summer, our car overheated on Tioga Pass. At the pullout, we stopped to add water to the radiator and rest a little. Mom made coffee for dad, Grandpa and I walked around, while Grandma say in the hot car. Dad and I loved being out of the car smelling the fresh air with hints of pine and bear clover.
  • Tioga Pass, which is impassable from October to May due to snow, fabulous drive up and over to a height of 9945 metres
  • Beautiful place! No crackheads and violence. Nice break from LA.
  • Sooooooo beautiful. It is unreal
  • We came by upon a bicycle tour. Just made some miles up. The rest of climb is still on my agenda.

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