Tenaya Lake in Yosemite is one of the easiest lakes to see in the park. It is just off the Tioga Pass Road. Tenaya is a tranquil, deep blue lake surrounded by pine trees and granite peaks. It is an alpine lake at an elevation of 8,150 feet (2,484 m), carved long ago by glaciers. It was named for Native American Chief Tenaya. The Native Americans called it the Lake of the Shining Rocks. It is a nice spot for swimming, kayaking or hiking. The walk around the rim of the lake is easy and pretty. The nicest part is the lack of crowds which usually pack the valley. To see my favorite photo of Tenaya Lake, please visit the California section of my portfolio on my website.