Tioga Pass
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Dramatic drive starting at elevation 6,100 feet outside of Yosemite Valley and finishing 47 miles later atop Tioga Pass.
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Susan H
Tacoma, WA2,446 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We entered the park through the east entrance and found the line to enter was quite short and only took about 10 minutes. The drive was beautiful with trail heads and picnic spots along the way. I felt the signage in the park could have been better it was sometimes difficulty to know where you were even with the park map. In late September, there was minimal traffic along the drive except when we got to the valley area. The valley was full of people and with all the construction, a number of the parking lots were closed. They were replaced and all but still closed even though the other lots were full. It was a mess at the visitor’s center and we never did find a place to park and never got to even visit the center. I understand the need for construction but it appeared they were not trying to make it easy on visitors. Sad when for many it is a one time visit. Another bummer was the road construction all through the park which meant a number of times we were waiting in line for a pilot car in order to get through the construction areas. They are doing a lot of work in the park which is great unless you are visiting during the construction. Tip… There is a gas station along the drive with a small convenience store and to our surprise the gas there was a lot cheaper then outside the park in Lee Vining or Mammoth Lakes.
Written 4 October 2022
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,045 contributions
Sep 2022
The Pass is only open at certain times of the year - and you can see why. It’s a great drive with very impressive views.
Written 1 October 2022
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Krr1975
Sevierville, TN861 contributions
Sep 2022
As we exited the park, we drove on Tioga Pass. An absoultely beautiful and diverse drive. I would highly recommend this drive.
Written 26 September 2022
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN6,313 contributions
Jun 2022
The east entrance to the park is the lesser-used entrance and a beautiful drive through mountains, meadows, and valleys. We were fortunate enough to get a day pass, but the line was still very long because it was filled with people that did not realize they needed a pass. Once in the park, we sat for a long time in a construction pilot car line. The parking lots in the valley were all full or closed. The park has become a very difficult place to maneuver/enjoy. The sights are spectacular, but the time spent getting from one place to another detracts greatly from the experience.
Written 10 July 2022
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John P
Santa Clara, CA260 contributions
May 2022
With an elevation close to ten thousand feet, Tioga pass is one of the highest pass in Sierra Nevada.
Written 8 July 2022
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State96,475 contributions
Jun 2022
We had to wait for a pilot car to travel on Tioga Pass Road through the construction, but there is no more beautiful place to sit in a car. Everywhere you look are amazing views.

Several parking lots were closed, but it appears that the actual locations that are closed will change as the road crew completes sections of the road.


Remember to bring your patience.
Written 17 June 2022
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BT3rd
Datchet, UK5,815 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
From Yosemite valley to Tioga Pass this road has stunning views of the park from mountains to lakes to meadows. It is a must do if you have the time and the inclination.
Written 2 June 2022
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Kathrine
Pennsylvania481 contributions
Oct 2021
Pretty drive through the granite mountains and pine forests. Yes, it's a bit twisty, but it we never thought scary. Stop along the way to enjoy the scenery. Prepare with water, snacks and gas. Options are limited to not available.
Written 30 October 2021
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Tracey T
New Jersey13 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
This is a beautiful drive from the valley through the alpine of Yosemite. It’s a spectacular drive into Lee Vining. We drove it all the way to 6E and then through Nevada but the pass itself is wonderful. I would love to do it when I have time to stop and do some of the hikes or swim in the lake.
Written 10 October 2021
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rbross50
pgh,pa414 contributions
Sep 2021
After reading some posts, I was worried about the drive since I do not like heights, but had no problem with the drive. I thought our drive up to Yosemite West or The Bristlecone Pine Forest was more intense. Plenty of nice places to stop along the drive that are different than Yosemite Valley. Just drive slow and let faster people pass when you can and you will be fine. A wonderful drive
Written 10 October 2021
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