Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park

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#2 of 33 in Outdoors in Yosemite National Park
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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  • We drove our 27ft RV up the Tioga pass in mid November, luckily the snow hadn't come yet & the road was still open. Corners, tunnels, views, lakes, frozen creeks, it had it all - amazing drive.  more »
  • Sadly, Tioga Pass might get missed by the majority of visitors to Yosemite National Park because they're not entering or leaving the park on the east side. That's a shame. The road offers spectacular ...  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

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