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 to Yosemite from north Lake Tahoe, so came in via the Tioga Pass Road. The drive was a beautiful introduction to this iconic National Park. It ranks right up there with another spectacular.... more »
a really nice drive to get out of the the park. there are hiking trails along the road, though not a lot of parking. You pass Tuolumne Meadows, a few lakes, Olmsted Point, Pothole and Lembert Dome. more »
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