Then, let the climbing begin. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. View from the secret spot at the “landing” Trail from the Landing to Clouds Rest begins on a decline – Which means you have to go up it on the return On the meandering part of the Clouds Rest trail More meandering – Enjoy the shade First sign of Clouds Rest Gradual incline and exposed Almost there Perfection! The Clouds Rest Trail begins here, while the Forsyth Trail bends east for a while then descends steeply into the Sunrise Creek drainage where it meets the John Muir Trail. Good trail with incredible views. You asked about water between Sunrise and Clouds Rest. Majority of it is through shaded forests with the last section being exposed. Cloud’s Rest may just be the best summit around-it is the feeling of bagging a peak, without any scrambling or technical climbing. The first 1.5 miles of the hike are pleasant and mostly level as the trail wanders south through the forested landscape of rolling granite formations. The elevation definitely plays a factor in difficulty and helps keep away the crowds. John's Clouds Rest Trip Report and Photo Gallery September 19, 1999; 3-D shaded relief map; Half Dome/Clouds Rest dayhike; Clouds Rest/Half Dome from Sunrise Trailhead; My Favorite Things IV 5.10a New route completed in fall 2003. landscape, water, sunrise, nature, clouds, rest, color, autumn, morning, still Public Domain. A wilderness permit is required year-round for backpacking or any other overnight stay in the Yosemite Wilderness. Have a snack, drink some water and be glad that the hardest part of the hike is over. From the parking lot, follow the trail south and cross Tenaya Creek. Absolutely stunning. Two moderate-advanced hikers and took us a bit under the recommended time. The fastest way to day hike Cloud's Rest starts from the Sunrise Lakes trailhead on Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake. From Clouds Rest's airy and cozy summit, the most undeniable natural feature is the Northwest Face, a stunning 5000-foot drop into Tenaya Canyon. Campsite at Clouds Rest Trail Junction Campsite at Clouds Rest Trail Junction. @sertanusanmaz, Incredible hike. You can certainly do all of Cloud's rest in a day if you're so inclined. We were out of water and since we were so high and still climbing it wasn’t likely that we’d find any without a long hike back down the mountain to a stream about 2.5 miles and 1,000′ below or we could hike up higher and melt some snow. On the top, you immediately encounter the Y junction for either Cloud's Rest or Sunrise Lakes. Best day hike in Yosemite. Washed my feet with soap and got into the tent right before 9pm. Recreation. Despite an elevation change of 2,700 feet, the biggest challenge on the hike was the extra weight in water we had to carry. For Clouds Rest, you need a permit for Sunrise Lakes, and we highly recommend reserving this one, as it’s a very popular route. Make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen. (There are other ways to get to Clouds Rest, but this is the most common route and the route we are talking about here in this post) Trailhead Elevation: 8,150 feet. We’ve seen a couple of other people on the trail but it wasn’t super busy and definitely no comparison to Half Dome! Yay, only 4.7 miles to go! Continue hiking on the trail southward, pass a nice lake and you will meet the next trail junction which is about 2.1 miles away from the top of the slope. View, Sunrise Trailhead off of Tioga Road, just south of Tenaya Lake, 7-10 hours to summit of Clouds Rest and back. A long but not particularly steep hike, and well worth it for the view at the top! At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. Bear right at the T junction for Cloud's Rest and you are about 1.5 miles away from it (though the marker says 2.5 miles). share. Comments and Critique welcome. Roughly 2000-feet of elevation gain in two separate pushes with a 400-ft descent in between. Since you're approaching Cloud's Rest from its back, you only begin to see it after passing the junction. May Lake High Sierra Camp from Tioga Pass Road, Porcupine Creek Trail to Indian Ridge Natural Arch to North Dome, Porcupine Creek to Indian Rock, North Dome, and Columbia Rock via Tioga Pass Road, John Muir Trail: Tenaya Lake to Reds Meadow. The switchbacks on the slope will surely pound your heart as you are gaining 1,000 feet in elevation in just one mile before reaching the top of the slope. This is right off of Higway 120/Tioga Road between Olmstead Point and Tenaya Lake. After the first 1.5 mile hike on the relatively flat trail, you begin to climb up the lower slope below Sunrise Mountain. For Clouds Rest, you need a permit for Sunrise Lakes, and we highly recommend reserving this one, as it’s a very popular route. There are multiple ways to reach Clouds Rest, but this route from Tioga Road is the easiest and most direct. Absolutely beautiful views of the valley. As you reach the south side of the meadow, the trail begins another 1000-foot ascent and after the next junction, the trail turns west to head for the Clouds Rest ridgeline. With an elevation over 1000 higher than Half Dome and massive bare walls that slope thousands of feet down into Tenaya Canyon, Clouds Rest is an impressive peak that can be seen from all over the park, including Tunnel View and Olmsted Point. Some strenuous parts. This is actually the easiest part of the hike and only the end is a bit steep but not nearly as much of a sweat as the first part of the hike with the switchbacks. View from the secret spot at the “landing” Trail from the Landing to Clouds Rest begins on a decline – Which means you have to go up it on the return On the meandering part of the Clouds Rest trail More meandering – Enjoy the shade First sign of Clouds Rest Gradual incline and exposed Almost there Perfection! Lots of steps, elevation seemed relentless at times (even the downhill portions knowing that you were going to have to go back up it to get back to your car) and walking the spine was awesome yet scary at the same time. At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. From there a trail looped down to Sunrise … The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. The sunrise lakes trail to Cloud's rest is 12 miles round trip, I think. You will pass two trail junctions very early in the hike; make sure you follow the signs to Cloud Rest and or Sunrise High Sierra Camp. Also enjoy the views of Mt. Clouds Rest hike Clouds Rest hike stats. From there a trail looped down to Sunrise … Firstly the trail is one of the highest in … although much of it has crumbled over time. You can enjoy the spectacular views of Half Dome, Tenaya Canyon and surrounding mountains after a short scramble to the summit where you can find a geology mark on it. Clouds Rest is a mountain in Yosemite National Park east northeast of Yosemite Village, California. Sunrise Mountain can be seen prominently to the east. Do not push yourself beyond your limit.) save hide report. To camp your first night in the Glen Aulin backpackers' camp: Glen Aulin Trail. I also used to think I could hike just fine without a pair of hiking poles, which I considered the requisite sign of bad knees and getting old. Last bit on the spine was not bad at all. We left Sunrise Lakes at about 2 or 3pm and headed back to the sign juncture to continue on the Cloud’s Rest path. Hiking guide and photographs for the hike to Clouds Rest starting at the Sunrise Trailhead off of Tioga Road, offering great views of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley! Go slow, drink water and enjoy the views from the top! You could smell the ongoing fires and the view at the top was not fully clear due to the smoke. Get an early start and drive the Tioga Road to the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead in the dark, trying to arrive before sunrise. The fastest way to day hike Cloud's Rest starts from the Sunrise Lakes trailhead on Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake. If you are afraid of heights this will freak you out a little at the very top of clouds rest. Part two of our adventure from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park past Sunrise Lakes then up and over Clouds Rest before camping at Sunrise Creek. Detailed Description: Clouds Rest/Sunrise Creek by bbmq » Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:08 pm I have a 4-day trip on the 1st week of August and I'm considering starting at Sunrise trailhead, to Clouds Rest (taking the horse trail bypass) and then staying at Sunrise Creek on the first night. If you want a parking space, make sure you get there bright and early. Lots of elevation gain and super rocky switchbacks on the way down. You can summit Cloud’s Rest on a day hike but it’s most spectacular as an overnighter, which we did after backpacking in from Sunrise Lakes. It turns out, we were well on our way to Clouds Rest and miles up the wrong trail. The final push up the narrow and exposed ridgeline is a thrilling experience. A couple felled trees but trail was easy to follow. We parked in the sunshine lot so the trip was a total of 15 miles. The small parking lot on the south side of the road is well-marked but is almost always full. Once at the summit, you can get a wonderful 360-degree view all around Yosemite. Do highly recommend to do this hike but make sure it’s something you are really wanting to do! If you wimp out on it, you are missing out big time, Amazing hike. While it is possible to hike from Yosemite Valley up to the summit of Clouds Rest, the strenuousness of the 16-mile round trip with 6000' of elevation gain will discourage all but the strongest hikers. Clouds Rest, one of John Muir’s favourite peaks, offers spectacular views over Half Dome and numerous Yosemite peaks. Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake is a 13 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. VIEW THE PHOTOGRAPHS! Awesome trail, great views and a killer workout! level 1. Then, let the climbing begin. My first night of camping by myself. Have a snack, drink some water … http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm Clouds Rest - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clouds_Rest. Free for commercial use, DMCA Contact Us Hiking to Cloud’s Rest, whether from Yosemite Valley or Tuolumne, will likely prove to be the most rewarding hike in all of the park. The trail has multiple ascends and they are all a bit strenuous. After passing Tenaya Lake, you will see the small parking lot for Sunrise Lakes on the left-hand side, and this is where the trail to Clouds Rest leaves from. Long journey through undulating woodland past a few pools and meadows, climbing to perhaps the best viewpoint in the national park, overlooking Tenaya Canyon, Half Dome, the upper Merced River and countless other peaks and valleys. Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest is one of the top walks in California, Yosemite, USA, and one of the world's best walk, treks, hikes and climbs. 152. After the first 1.5 mile hike on the relatively flat trail, you begin to climb up the lower slope below Sunrise Mountain. Anyway our trip from Sunrise High Sierra Camp to Clouds Rest wasn’t unusually spectacular until we found our last camp site. Easily my favorite hike in Yosemite. Take the same way back to the Sunrise Lakes trailhead once you're ready to return. See our description, photos and practical information for Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest and join in with our trekking and hiking forums to … We then hike through some of the most spectacular mountain vistas on the planet exploring the views from Clouds Rest, Yosemite's largest expanse of granite. excellent day hike!! To hike south to Clouds Rest, Sunrise Lakes, or Sunrise High Sierra Camp: Sunrise; What is the difference between the two Glen Aulin trailheads? Although there are many peaks in the park having far greater elevation, Clouds Rest's proximity to the valley gives it a very high degree of visual prominence. … Water between Sunrise and Clouds REst. 4. The sunrise lakes trail to Cloud's rest is 12 miles round trip, I think. Yosemite National Park If you don't mind the exposure, hiking along the summit ridgeline is an absolutely stunning experience. Expected more to be honest. you are basically at the highest possible hiking point. Day 4: After a hearty breakfast hike approximately 3.5 miles to the summit of Clouds Rest at 9,926′. I used to think hiking downhill was much easier than hiking uphill. At the junction, continue hiking on the trail for Sunrise HSC (High Sierra Camp) until you meet the next trail junction. You pass a lake and running stream around mile 3-4 to filter water from if needed. Clouds Rest is a great hike if you are unable to secure a permit for Half Dome or if you are looking for a longer trail with more elevation gain. In about 1.2 miles, you start hiking on a steep slope below Sunrise Mountain. Make this an overnight with a scenic stay Sunrise Lakes. Please note: This web site and all images on this site are the property of Joe Braun ©2020. the view at the end is magnificent. The trail starts at 8,150' and the summits "only" top out at 9,926' (Clouds Rest) and 8,839' (Half Dome), but twice you'll fall to below 7,000' on the JMT between the peaks. CLOUDS REST (via Sunrise Trailhead) Trail Description Photos 1 2. The trail beyond the junction (called Forsyth Trail) descends sharply for 0.5 miles until you reach the flat land below Sunrise Mountain. by evona » Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:17 pm . Soon enough we have our first big push of the hike as the trail ascends roughly 1000 feet to gain the ridgeline east of Tenaya Canyon. At the junction, turn right and continue hiking on the trail for Clouds Rest. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. See our description, photos and practical information for Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest and join in with our trekking and hiking forums to … Just south of the high point are several nice spots to relax and take in the view with the profile of Half Dome and the Subdome standing prominently in the distance. (Rocks have been put in place to help with the stream crossing, but in spring melt conditions, you are still likely to get your feet wet.) The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from May until September. The final half-mile stretch to the summit is simply spectacular as you ascend a narrow ridgeline of granite slabs with tall drops on both sides. It turns out, we were well on our way to Clouds Rest and miles up the wrong trail. Sunrise from Clouds Rest, Yosemite A cairn is viewed in silhouette in the early morning light from the Clouds Rest base camp. At the top of Clouds Rest, enjoy the overlooking view of Half Dome and its subdome. This junction is a great spot to chill out for a bit. A hike in from Tioga Road to the north makes for a more reasonable day hike through some beautiful wilderness scenery. Clouds Rest, via the Sunrise and Forsyth Trails. You asked about water between Sunrise and Clouds Rest. There are multiple ways to reach Clouds Rest, but this route from Tioga Road is the easiest and most direct. Enter the gate at the parking lot and follow the trail southward for Sunrise HSC until you meet the next trail junction. At the junction, continue hiking on the trail for Sunrise HSC (High Sierra Camp) and cross Tenaya Creek until you meet the next trail junction. Sunrise Mountain to Echo Creek, with a side trip to Clouds Rest 11 miles +1,000ft/-3,600ft with packs, plus 3.5 miles +1,050ft/-1,050ft summit trip. The Clouds Rest hike will begin at the Sunrise Lakes trailhead on Tioga Road. BUY PHOTO: An early morning stroll through the lovely granite formations. From Yosemite’s east entrance at Tioga Pass, you will proceed about 18 miles into the park. Amazing! (Joe's Guide to Yosemite National Park) From here on, you'll gain nearly 1,500 feet over 4.5 miles and climb, literally, into the clouds. by evona » Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:17 pm . My Favorite Things - Rick Booth and Jim Curl - Sept 12, 2004. If there is any threat of thunderstorms, get off of the summit and head for lower ground. The Clouds Rest trail is best accessed via the Sunrise Lakes trailhead. 201-468-7447. From the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead at Tenaya Lake, you’ll cross the outflow stream and marshy terrain among many trees, but in less than a mile move into more open, rocky terrain . Meeting Location: Sunrise Lakes Trailhead at 8,150′ High Point: Clouds Rest Summit: 9926′ Elevation Gain: 1,776′ The Clouds Rest hike begins at 7am at the Sunrise Trailhead parking along the west shore of Tenaya Lake. Clouds Rest — 3,025 m (9,926 ft) — is a massive granite formation just northeast of Half Dome in Yosemite. NOTE: There is an old alternate trail that wanders around the east side of Clouds Rest avoiding the actual summit, although it may be a bit washed out and hard to follow in parts. The best place to enjoy the view of Half Dome from the top. I did this one earlier in the season before Tioga Pass Road closed for the season due to snow. Nearby Hiking Trails. I just got back 2 weeks ago from Clouds Rest and yes the creek is still running. The Clouds Rest Trail winds its way through wildflower-covered meadows, forests and rocks before it starts the steep switchbacking (at times stair step) climb. Feel free to follow me on my Instagram account for more dope hiking adventures! Previous comment mentioned creeks to fill up/filter midway but those are either dry or stagnant in late Oxy when we went. difficult but doable! The people who wrote this article apparently camped right at Cloud's rest, which I didn't realize this was an option (but it sounds awesome), however I'm sure it isn't necessary. If anyone sees a brown carhartt beanie on the trail, somewhere after the first set of switchbacks, please text me and let me know!! From the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead at Tenaya Lake, you’ll cross the outflow stream and marshy terrain among many trees, but in less than a mile move into more open, rocky terrain . In 1.5 miles, you will arrive at the north end of the infamous Clouds Rest foot trail. I did everything in a hurry since the sun was going down fast. Don’t be afraid of the spine though, just stay to the left on the ascent. Don't worry about throngs of summit-hungry hikers: Clouds Rest lacks the crowds that nearby Half Dome attracts. Otherwise it's a mostly downhill return hike to Sunrise Trailhead. just as long as you faced your fears and CONQUERED yourself! Lower Cathedral Lake via John Muir Trail. 12.9 round trip for us. Clouds Rest from Sunrise Trailhead, out & back A fantastic, hard, hike in Yosemite National Park, beginning at the Sunrise Parking Trailhead at Tenaya Lake and culminating in Clouds Rest peak with amazing view of Half Dome, the Yosemite Valley, and the wilderness all around us. The narrowest section of the trail is probably just under 10 feet wide with sheer drop-offs on both sides. From the trailhead, you start the hike by following the trail markers for Sunrise H.S.C. Hop on the Sunrise Trail for a flat, 1.6-mile warm-up to the glittering azure of Sunrise Lakes. The uphill workout goes on for about 2.5 miles and then finally levels out at the junction that directs you to Sunrise Lakes Trail or Clouds Rest. Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Anyway our trip from Sunrise High Sierra Camp to Clouds Rest wasn’t unusually spectacular until we found our last camp site. The Clouds Rest hike is one of the hardest in Yosemite for a few reasons. Ah, to be in my 20s again. The trail on the land is about 1.7 miles long and traverses beautiful woods and a nice lake before you encounter the next junction. Distance: 14.5 miles (23.3 km) round trip Trailhead Elevation: 8,150 feet (2,450 meters) Elevation Gain: 1,775 feet (540 meters) This is a great hike but it is challenging. Fantastic trail, incredible ridge at the end. Bear right for Cloud's Rest and begin to follow the trail markers for it from now on. At the top of the slope, go for the trail for Clouds Rest and you start descending right away. 14 comments. 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