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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One of my favorite drives! I never get tired of the view of granite mountain peaks, deep gorges, pine forests, meadows and streams ... you get the idea. I can't stress enough that this is a drive..... more »
Tioga Pass was full of fire on our trip through, but we still saw some beautiful areas. Our kids really enjoyed running around on the rock faces at Olmsted Point, and playing near the river in... more »
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