Tim Gasperak

Tenaya Lake skating
A rare day of skating on Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park

26 December 2011

Christmas skating

A rare opportunity to access frozen Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park

Posted in: Landscape

We decided to spend our Christmas this year in Yosemite camping and hiking. Winter is one of our favorite times to visit the valley because the crowds are non-existent compared to any other season and the entire park glows with the low winter light. Every year Tioga Pass is closed in the Tuolumne high country and doesn’t reopen until the spring thaw. 2011 was special — and atypical — because the Pass never closed. For weeks leading up to our trip we had been hearing from friends on the east side of the Sierras that they had been ice skating on the rivers and lakes in the backcountry. Sure enough, the day after Christmas we drove to Tenaya Lake and found crowds of people skating on the frozen lake at 8,100 feet elevation. Magical.

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