Tenaya Canyon is a dangerous and dramatic canyon in Yosemite National Park that runs approximately 10 miles from the Tenaya Lake to the Yosemite Valley, with the legendary Tenaya Creek smack-dab in the middle. The area is cloaked in mystery, even being referred to as the “Bermuda Triangle of Yosemite” and carrying legends of Native American curses.
But for those willing to brave the canyon, there is a massive natural waterslide that should only be attempted by brave, in shape, willing-to-possibly-get-a-little-injured people. Here is the warning you’ll receive upon entering the canyon:
And here is the payoff:
The “secret” Tenaya Creek Waterslide isn’t your typical tourist stop in Yosemite. The smooth, 100-foot-long granite slide isn’t featured on any maps or brochures — it’s very fast, a bit dangerous, and not advisable for families with youngsters.
It’s located roughly 2 miles off Tioga Pass road; park your car at the “sunrise trail” and start walking. Only a quarter of a mile of the hike is actually on a trail, the rest is literally off the beaten path; just follow the creek.
This natural waterslide can be very dangerous and you can achieve speeds that would allow for injury. Assess the risk before attempting. In early spring, Tenaya Creek flows a large volume of water and the waterslide would not be advisable. The best time to go is in the late summer or early fall months. Assess the water flow and your ability and use at your own risk!
Note: The slide is two miles away from any cell phone service. You’ve been warned.
Okay, we’ve said too much. If you want to experience the natural waterslide, your going to have to find it yourself! Enjoy!
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine