Tenaya Peak sits above cool, blue Tenaya Lake, at the west end of a long chain of peaks that guard the north side of Tuolomne Meadows, in Yosemite National Park. To the west of the peak, Tenaya Canyon drops steadily down a narrow granite gorge, eventually forming the east end of Yosemite Valley. The majestic forms of Half Dome and Cloud's Rest are seen along the south rim of this canyon. It's a perfect peak on which to spend a summer's day. Fortunately for climbers looking to climb the peak. the Northwest Buttress of the peak is a perfect 1500 foot tall chunk of granite, tilted at an angle that makes for moderate climbing on immaculate Sierra stone.
While the summit is not as spectacular as nearby Cathedral Peak, the location of the climb is arguably better, and the climbing a little bit easier and less sustained. Climbing it for the first time, in good weather, alone on the wall, is as good as it gets. The route can be popular, but on our summit day, with perfect weather, we saw only one other climber, who soloed past us as we neared the summit