Trip report for Tenaya Canyon.
Due to the fires we couldn't drive Tioga road. We went up the Yosemite Falls trail and hiked to the Snow Creek camping area, about 10.3 miles. The next day we hiked to Tenaya Lake and stopped for lunch. We descended the first part of Tenaya Canyon and camped just above the Pywiack Cascade, about 10.1 miles.
Our route was past the cascade was the one on the granite below Clouds Rest. I do not recommend going that way. We had packs, which I do not recommend once again, and crossing the granite and finding a way down was a little too risky for my tastes. Once we got to the bottom of Pywaick Cascade I studied the other gullies and found one that looked very promising. I looked it up when we got back and it is named airplane gully.
Actually, I was just looking for a picture of airplane gully and found a great trip report with pictures.
Their report is excellent and I would just be repeating it. I just wanted to reiterate, I would not try and bypass the rappel points. It is not easy to evac someone from the Canyon if something does go wrong.
Here are some of the photos/videos from our trip.