"Tioga Road" Tioga Road Tip by Ischyros

Tioga Road, Yosemite National Park: 26 reviews and 39 photos

Tioga Road is a beautiful 30 mile long road winding from Crane Flats east across the high country of Yosemite and exits the park through Tioga Pass, the highest auto pass in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The road has several turn offs and provides the only vehicle access to Toulumne Meadows. Several backcountry trails start off this road. Tenaya Lake offers a very scenic picnic spot and Lembert Dome is a fairly easy climb for a panaramic view of the mountains. Several campgrounds exist along the road as is the White Wolf Lodge. While the road never makes it to the top of the cliffs on the north side of Yosemite Valley, you can still get views of Half Dome and Clouds Rest from the road. For a better experience, take the trail from Tioga Road to North Dome along the rim of Yosemite Valley. Better yet, take the hiking shuttle to this trail, hike to North Dome and Indian Arch and then take the extremely beautiful and scenic trail down into Tenaya Canyon and exit back into Yosemite Valley via the Mirror Lake trail beneath Half Dome. For the more adventurous, climb Mt. Hoffman, one of the highest peaks in the park and a strenuous although short hike from the road. This road closes in the winter, usually from mid-November until early June but it can be closed longer.

Directions: Road stretches from Crane Flats in the west to Lee Vining in the east.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 15, 2004
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