With acres of well-marked snowshoe trails and terrain, Tenaya Lodge is a great place to give snowshoeing a go. Easy and invigorating, snowshoe hikes are perfect for getting out into Tenaya’s winter wonderland. Snowshoes are available for rent by resort guests.
For a guided snowshoe experience, join Tenaya for a guided snowshoe hike in the Sierra National Forest. Snowshoes provided. After dark, explore the Sierra National Forest by starlight on a mile-plus guided snowshoe hike by flashlight. At the end of a perfect winter’s day, stop by one of Tenaya Lodge’s blazing fire pits for a nightcap.
A little farther afield, hundreds of miles of trails await you within Yosemite National Park itself. Badger Pass is the center of Yosemite winter activity and snowshoeing is no exception. Depending on your fitness level, you can explorer the forests right around Badger Pass, hike out to Dewey Point for incomparable views of El Capitan and Yosemite Valley, or make the long but rewarding trek out to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome.
Suggested Snowshoe Walks
Please note that these walks may or may not have snow depending on conditions at that elevation.
- Tenaya Lodge Nature Trail (elevation: 5200 feet). A casual walk of a bit more than a mile through the forests around Tenaya Lodge.
- Jackson Road. Leave right from Tenaya and walk out Jackson Road (snowshoes generally not needed except soon after snowfalls) and pick a side trail through the woods. The horseback trails are nice and the Tenaya concierge can give you a map to the small waterfall about 2.5 miles away on a spur trail off Jackson Road.
- Goat Meadow (elevation: 5200 feet; see Google Maps). Goat Meadow is a jumping off point for many miles of trail up to Mount Raymond, Biledo Meadow and even the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The trails were once marked with good signs by the Forest Service, but many signs have fallen down, so a good map and possibly even a GPS are a good idea here. Please note that the Mariposa Grove is closed for restoration through June 2017. However, the Outer Loop Trail is open and accessible via Goat Meadow and takes you around the perimeter of the grove within site of some of the sequoias. It is a little over three miles one-way to reach the Outer Loop Trail from the Goat Meadow Snowplay Area (download the GPX track).
- Dewey Point (elevation: 7,200 feet). An area classic. From Badger Pass parking area, follow Glacier Point Road for about half a mile and then choose between the Dewey Ridge Trail or the Dewey Meadow Trail a bit further along. Trail maps available in the Nordic Center at the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area (at Badger Bass).
If you want a guided snowshoe walk, see also our Guided Snowshoe Walk and our Flashlight Snowshoe Walk. In addition, the National Park Service sponsors a walk leaving from the medical building at the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area most days at 10am all winter long.