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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  • great trip. beautiful scenery, great hiking trails and refreship dip into lake. The meadows is beautiful.  more »
  • Starting from Yosemite N.P. we passed through the Tioga Pass to reach Death Valley, you climb up to 3000 m. changing landscape as you change altitude. From the forests to the almost lunar landscape with the rocks that are the master, meeting different mountain lakes. Crazy is the long and steep descent after the pass that takes you in a few miles to cross the Hwy 395.
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