This is Yosemite glacial geology at its finest. Sunrise Trailhead off of Tioga Road, just south of Tenaya Lake: Time Required: 7-10 hours to summit of Clouds Rest and back: Length: 13 miles to Clouds Rest and back: Elevation Change: Roughly 2000-feet of elevation gain in two separate pushes with a 400-ft descent in between. Distance: 14 miles (22.5 km) round trip. For Clouds Rest, you need a permit for Sunrise Lakes, and we highly recommend reserving this one, as it’s a very popular route. The fastest way to day hike Cloud's Rest starts from the Sunrise Lakes trailhead on Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake. 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. Should we hike all the way down and camp in the woods below Cloud’s Rest? Leaving from Tenaya Lake, this route ascends through forests towards Sunrise Lakes but continues on to the summit of Clouds Rest. Highlights: Valley Views, Peaks. They looked like little ants marching up and down the face. Don't worry about throngs of summit-hungry hikers: Clouds Rest lacks the crowds that nearby Half Dome attracts. The John Muir Trail is 211 miles long and runs (mostly in conjunction with the PCT) from Yosemite Valley to Mt Whitney, in California. We could even make out a faint streak of white where the cable path was installed. Thank you!! It starts with the first 2.7 miles of the Sunrise Trail, followed by 2.3 miles of the Forsyth Trail, and finally the actual Clouds Rest Trail for 2 miles. Reach the Clouds Rest summit (9,926 feet). Make this an overnight with a scenic stay Sunrise Lakes. You can hike the Cloud's rest trail from Tenaya lakes and back in one long day (14.5 miles). It was only four miles to Cloud’s Rest from here, but would feel like the longest four miles of my life. Your adventure will culminate with the summit of Half Dome (8,836’) before returning to Yosemite Valley on the Mist Trail passing two spectacular waterfalls. This way… no, that way… no, over there… oh look, over there! There are multiple ways to reach Clouds Rest, but this route from Tioga Road is the easiest and most direct. I love these. But for those in the know, this is the place with the best views in the whole park — better than Half Dome, and far less crowded on the trail and at the top. I have three nights in Yosemite available starting at cathedral Lakes trailhead in Tuolumne (heading back out this way too). New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. You can apply to reserve a … When my friend finally went to bed, his tent glowed like Venus against a backdrop of orange lights from the city far off in the distance… Fresno, perhaps? 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. Always check the forecasts and bring layers. Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest + Half Dome and back? From the landing to Clouds Rest, you will travel about 4 miles with water found this time of year around 1.5 miles (unnamed pond/lake) and 2.25 miles (very small “creek”). A filter is needed for both. I've been watching the web cams, Clouds Rest got a nice dusting of snow yesterday but it's already melting off. I almost had whiplash just taking it all in. Where to camp for the night if its my first night on the trail? The Trail I actually had trouble finding my favorite constellations because there were so many other stars visible! Turn left to go to the Sunrise Lakes instead. Have not read their article, but try not to camp on top of Cloud's Rest. See my last Epic Yosemite post. (Not that going downhill is any easier than going uphill.). Stayed at Sunrise Lakes after hiking to Clouds Rest. that view – especially at night. We took Tenaya lakes trail. Lower Cathedral Lake via John Muir Trail. Hey Linda, What are ur suggestions for clothing and dress? Wanting to do both Clouds rest and Half dome. The Forsyth Trail descended sharply for the first half mile, winding down a granite staircase through stands of wildflowers. Sunrise Lakes are only about a half mile from the junction. … There is tons of places to set up camp right below it and you would be sheltered and within 10 minutes of the peak. Here’s another sign for Clouds Rest at the junction. At approximately 2.5 miles, the trail makes a steep climb up approximately 700 ft. to a trail junction - follow the marked trail to Clouds Rest. 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. Was your permit Sunrise Lake trailhead? Retrace steps back to Tenaya Lake and the Sunrise Trailhead. We made breakfast and shivered a bit in the early season predawn before breaking camp at … Just before the final scramble to the summit, we reached the infamous Cloud’s Rest Foot Trail. Clouds Rest is famously one of the best views of Yosemite’s Valley. 3. mirror lake trail via John Muir Trail. Yes. Date of experience: September 2019. Visitors to Yosemite can’t help but be awestruck when looking up at the prominent knife of granite known as Clouds Rest. From Yosemite’s east entrance at Tioga Pass, you will proceed about 18 miles into the park. The Yosemite site lists available entry dates for all of their trailheads. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views including Yosemite Valley and Little Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest. You'll pass a small tarn on the right, and cross a small stream twice - be sure to … Nearby Hiking Trails. As we climbed down, we had great view of west side mountains. Clothing depends on weather and how long you’ll be on the trail. Happy Isles -> Clouds Rest (YOSEMITE) Trip [Jan. 17-19] Home › Forums › Campfire › Pre-Trip Planning › Happy Isles -> Clouds Rest (YOSEMITE) Trip [Jan. 17-19] Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total) Forums are supported by our merchant partners . Wilderness. We awoke early and in good spirits. I could lie down on the rock, look up at the sky, and have a 360° IMAX viewing of the Milky Way sprayed across the screen. 2. looks amazing!!!! And now you have a downhill followed by some rolling terrain. Clouds Rest. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Visit Yosemite’s largest lake (Tenaya) before hiking up to the Sunrise Lakes area where you will camp before tackling Clouds Rest (9,926’). Registration includes: Guided backpacking trip, park entry (as needed), bear-proof canister rental, Yosemite Wilderness permit, and tent camping at shared group sites before and … I live and play in beautiful Central Oregon where I write about urban homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. Initially the trail descends quickly on a rocky trail so be mindful this will be an uphill climb on the return trip. Learn how your comment data is processed. If I squinted, I could see the little blue dot that was Tenaya Lake, the start of our hike way, way out there. Thank you so much. Tenaya Lake – Sunrise Trailhead – Clouds Rest Trail [< ----- 0.62 Mile ----- >] Tanaya Lake – Sunrise Lakes Trailhead 8,150 ft elev. CLOUDS REST TRAIL QUICK FACTS. At night, we had our own private planetarium. With the sun waning on the horizon, we started debating where to set up camp. Going straight will take you to Clouds Rest, another 4.7 miles (7.5 km) ahead. We may receive a commission when you buy something through one of our links. Clouds Rest and Sunrise Lakes (Yosemite) A long circuit through Yosemite National Park, which combines Clouds Rest and the high-elevation Sunrise Lakes. http://sierramapper.blogspot.com/ Will be your best friend. At 15.5 miles total with 1775 ft (541m) of elevation gain, this out-and-back trail is possible as a vigorous day hike but is very enjoyable as a short first-day hike with a scenic stay at Sunrise Lakes with your second day up to Cloud’s Rest and back. https://stepintoyourjourney.com/yosemite-sunrise-lakes-clouds-rest It starts with the first 2.7 miles of the Sunrise Trail, followed by 2.3 miles of the Forsyth Trail, and finally the actual Clouds Rest Trail for 2 miles. If you camp, you'll need a wilderness permit. 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. Distance: 14.5 miles (23.3 km) round trip Trailhead Elevation: 8,150 feet (2,450 meters) Elevation Gain: 1,775 feet (540 meters) Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest http://t.co/6LRN8…, RT @theGardenBetty: An overnighter on the summit is a must for any adventurer. 4. 99.9% of the hike is easy trail - dead dull. We anchored to every possible boulder, block, chockstone, and chickenhead — guylines going everywhere. by mozierfamily » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:34 pm . All around us were peaks, peaks and more peaks, one after another, layered like a opulent painting. Despite an elevation change of 2,700 feet, the biggest challenge on the hike was the extra weight in water we had to carry. Eichorn Pinnacle via Cathedral Peak Climber's Approach. In the first 100 yards of the trail we crossed over Tenaya Creek, the only major creek crossing on this trail. http://www.gardenbetty.com/outdoor-adventures/, Epic Yosemite: Cloud's Rest to Little Yosemite Valley. To my surprise, 4 people were already enjoying sunrise at the top when we arrived there. Plan on starting at Sunrise lakes trailhead, http://www.gardenbetty.com/2013/08/epic-yosemite-sunrise-lakes-to-clouds-rest/. Ask Backpacker_0905 about Cloud's Rest. Turn left to go to the Sunrise Lakes instead. This hike as it is already is quite long. The John Muir Trail passes through what many backpackers say is the finest mountain scenery in the United States. The most epic campsite I’ve ever experienced. Moderate hike. We went in July. Though it’s only an inch or two thick, I don’t feel the ground at all. Clouds Rest (3025 m) has probably the best view of Yosemite Valley, and a view that includes Half Dome (unlike the ugly view from Half Dome that has the parking lot as its main feature). I would never, ever climb Half Dome with all those throngs of folks, solitude rules! Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. This is what makes Cloud’s Rest so special — no other dome stands between you and your view, and you really feel like you’re in the center of Yosemite. If you’re just looking for more destinations to hike or camp, all of my adventures are listed here: http://www.gardenbetty.com/outdoor-adventures/. I walked along the entire length of the arête to the very tip-top of Cloud’s Rest at 9,931 feet. Clouds Rest is a great day hike for those looking to avoid the crowds of the busy Yosemite Valley and be rewarded with equally stunning – if not better views of Yosemite National Park. The sunrise lakes trail to Cloud's rest is 12 miles round trip, I think. There was no “better” view at camp, as each of our tents had a primo view of the Yosemite peaks. Yes, we started at Sunrise Lakes trailhead. 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. You have to go up and over Clouds Rest then up to the base of Half Dome, or go around Clouds Rest down to Little Yosemite Valley, and even more up to the base of Half Dome. Now if I were to do Cloud’s Rest again, I definitely would not take this trail to the top… You’d have to be quite hardy to go up it from Little Yosemite Valley, which we were hiking down to. 1. Where: Tuolumne Meadows Campground (orientation), Sunrise Trailhead to Clouds Rest and Yosemite Valley (backpack). I sleep on a Thermarest pad. . 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. To the west stood Half Dome and though a thousand feet shorter, was no less impressive. With no water source near the summit of Cloud’s Rest, we needed to bring enough water for our hike in, that evening’s dinner, the next morning’s breakfast, and the next afternoon’s hike out. 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 hike Cloud’s Rest starts from the Sunrise Lakes trailhead on Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake on the southwest end and 7 miles west of Tuolumne Meadows. From Sunrise Lakes, we retraced our steps back to the trail junction with all the signs. When it comes to classic Yosemite peaks, Half Dome gets all the… http://t.co/RWA8J0vDsE, Blogged on Garden Betty: Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest http://t.co/rIKDXiMVxy. Despite the difficulty though, the enduring popularity of Clouds Rest is a testament to how fantastic the payoff views are. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. © Garden Betty 2010-2020. 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. We started from Tenaya lake 3AM thinking that we were crazy. Such a beautiful hike. Hop on the Sunrise Trail for a flat, 1.6-mile warm-up to the glittering azure of Sunrise Lakes. It's a long day hike to Half Dome. If you’re new to backpacking (or backcountry hiking in general), I do not recommend this route unless you’re going with experienced backpackers. Every person who finds out you’re in Yosemite has to ask, “Have you done Half Dome?”, But what they should really be asking is, “Have you done Cloud’s Rest?”. When it comes to classic Yosemite peaks, Half Dome gets all the attention. 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. I live on the east side and don’t get to hike much in Yosemite as I always travel with my dog, but I must find a sitter someday for this epic hike. Imagine virgin Sierra Nevada granite, uplifted from its deep burial place by compressional tectonic forces, canyons eroded rapidly by generous spring runoff, and finally, the odd glacier to smooth the slope. You'll pass a small tarn on the right, and cross a small stream twice - be sure to treat some water at the stream as the trail will be dry for several miles afterwards. 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. Make this an overnight with a scenic stay Sunrise Lakes. In the first 100 yards of the trail we crossed over Tenaya Creek, the only major creek crossing on this trail. This hike is okay for 1 day if you don't climb to the top of Half Dome (Tenaya Lake Trail Head, not visit Sunrise Lakes but go straight to Clouds Rest, then descend to Little Yosemite Valley Campground / Nevada Fall, then to Happy Isle.) 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. This allows you to break up the hike, spend a night relaxing and help you have an early start back on the trail. I think this was the point in our trip where all of us felt like our lives had changed in some way. The first rays of light spilled over the top of Half Dome while we were brewing coffee. At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. The Grand Dame of Yosemite domes was a striking feature of the valley. Enjoy 360-degree views of Yosemite, including Half Dome, North Dome, Sentinel Dome, El Capitan, Glacier Point, Cathedral Rocks, Pinnacles, Vogelsang, Tenaya Lake, Olmstead Point, Fletcher Peak, Cathedral Peak, and Unicorn Point. Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest. 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. Your trip looks amazing, I’m glad I stumbled upon this post. And to cap off our Cloud’s Rest experience, we saw this sweet thing while descending to our next destination. Every time there, I see stained TP fluttering about. Going straight will take you to Clouds Rest, another 4.7 miles (7.5 km) ahead. Only one other hiker had managed to make it up to Cloud’s Rest for sunrise and he stayed for less than an hour, so we had the whole ridge to ourselves that morning, watching the park change colors over the course of several hours. It can be reached from either Tioga Rd (see below) or Yosemite Valley. The Forsyth Trail descended sharply for the first half mile, winding down a granite staircase through stands of wildflowers. Sunrise Trailhead: 8151' Clouds Rest summit: 9931' Seasons: If you detour to visit Sunrise Lakes it will take up a few hours more. We stopped at a little lake on the trail to fill up every bottle and bladder we brought with us; 164 ounces later, I was pretty sure I’d tip over if a leaf had so much as fallen on me. Incredible hike. When it comes down to it, being able to be present is such a great gift in life. Incredible hike. This rocky ridge, though taller than Half Dome at 9,931 feet, sits in the shadow of its more famous cousin. Have a snack, drink some water … When you get up on the crest, you can decide if your team is comfortable to proceed to the top; but even from there you've got a damn fine view. Clouds Rest is among the hardest of the classic Yosemite day-hikes. 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 We awoke early and in good spirits. Length 23 miElevation gain 5682 ftRoute type Loop After the trail splits, it climbs along a gently graded slope through Sunrise Lakes. EASY 3.8 mi. Happy Isles -> Clouds Rest (YOSEMITE) Trip [Jan. 17-19] Home › Forums › Campfire › Pre-Trip Planning › Happy Isles -> Clouds Rest (YOSEMITE) Trip [Jan. 17-19] Viewing 4 posts - 1 through 4 (of 4 total) Forums are supported by our merchant partners . The sunrise lakes trail to Cloud's rest is 12 miles round trip, I think. Clouds Rest is the largest exposed piece of granite on Earth. The Clouds Rest hike will begin at the Sunrise Lakes trailhead on Tioga Road. Yay, only 4.7 miles to go! Sunrise Trailhead: 8151' Clouds Rest summit: 9931' Seasons: At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. Backpack Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest. Take the Sunrise Lakes trail from Tenaya Lake. The Sunrise Trail begins by the west side of Tenaya Lake at the center of the most scenic stretch of the Tioga Road, and is one of the more popular trailheads in the Tuolumne Meadows district. I believe the secret to a good life is... Read more. The views were imposing and humbling. Thanks for the post, And the amazing pictures. All Rights Reserved. After taking in a glorious sunset the night before, we woke up to a beautiful, quiet sunrise. Our main concern was wind; but with the air being so still and warm, we decided to set up camp right on the spine, on a 20-foot span of granite standing thousands of feet above the valley floor. i’m thinking those rocks must have been hard. If you didn’t win the lottery for the Half Dome cables (and even if you did), put this at the top of your Yosemite list. 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. seriously…amazing. Sure, it doesn’t have the grandeur that Half Dome has, but having been up both of them, I can say that the view from Clouds Rest is the better of the two. . Leaving the parking area at the west end of Tenaya Lake, cross the lake's outlet (can be deep in spring, dry by late summer). Clouds Rest Elevation: 9,926 feet Trail to Summit: The Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake is the most direct route. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from May until September. Thanks to your post, I’m headed there with three friends next week!!! At approximately 2.5 miles, the trail makes a steep climb up approximately 700 ft. to a trail junction - follow the marked trail to Clouds Rest. Where: Tuolumne Meadows Campground (orientation), Sunrise Trailhead to Clouds Rest and Yosemite Valley (backpack). Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest http://t.co/SvWT3RFvY0 < TY for RT! Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest http://t.co/9vF…, Absolutely gorgeous, Betty! The trail started opening up to views of Yosemite Valley, and we had our first peeks at Cloud’s Rest as well as a whole skyline of domes. DIFFICULT 24.1 mi. The Sunrise Trail begins by the west side of Tenaya Lake at the center of the most scenic stretch of the Tioga Road, and is one of the more popular trailheads in the Tuolumne Meadows district. Press J to jump to the feed. I just camped near the same CR location a week or so ago. Laura Morrow Jacobs liked this on Facebook. I was wondering where exactly you camped up near CR, as I’m reading and ppl are saying you aren’t allowed to on the very top. Start off at Sunrise Lakes trailhead on Tenaya Lake. We broke the camp at 9AM and within few minutes we hit trail junction where sunrise lake trail joins other trail that goes from Tenaya lake to Yosemite Valley through Clouds Rest. Watching the sunset to a soundtrack of Ben Gibbard on my iPod speaker, I was tearing up thinking about how exquisite that place, and especially that moment, was. Just be aware that there’s no water, no fire, not a lot of flat spots for tents, even fewer features to secure your tents to, and you’d have to descend the mountain if you need to go #2. At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. Elevation Gain: 1,775 feet. Hands down, Cloud’s Rest is and was the most epic campsite I have ever, ever experienced. Take the Sunrise Lakes trail from Tenaya Lake. Clouds Rest Trail (via Sunrise Lakes Trailhead) Distance: 14.2 miles out & back. Any recommendations in Sierra, Hi, what kind of recommendations? Trailhead: Sunrise Lakes. This is a strenuous, no joke hike though, so don’t take it lightly if you choose to do it. Should we hike down a bit and pitch our tents on a lower ridge? Registration includes: Guided backpacking trip, park entry (as needed), bear-proof canister rental, Yosemite Wilderness permit, and tent camping at shared group sites before and … The Sunrise Lakes trailhead is one of the busiest in the Tuolumne area because it’s the shortest way to Clouds Rest, and close to the shore of Tenaya Lake, a popular stopping point on Highway 120. Type of Trail: Out & Back How long is the hike to Clouds Rest: ~12 miles (Check out Section 4 ‘Clouds Rest Hike Map, Itinerary, & GPX File’ for more details.) Yosemite Valley to Clouds Rest. A narrow ridge no more than 20 feet wide (with the smallest section about 10 feet wide), the summit looked like a stack of building blocks. It flattened out for the next two miles, passing through a beautiful wooded valley. Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet (700 m) Permit Demand: Very High. Walking just a few feet in any direction from our tent brought us right to the edge of the spine, so something as simple as, say, going to the restroom at night was not something we wanted to do while still half-asleep. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 1 Thank Backpacker_0905 . The sunrise lakes trail to Cloud's rest is 12 miles round trip, I think. 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. Clouds Rest, one of John Muir’s favourite peaks, offers spectacular views over Half Dome and numerous Yosemite peaks. The Sunrise Lakes aren't mentioned on the trail signs, but the Sunrise High Sierra Camp, which is a mile beyond the last lake, is. Thank you for making us almost feel like we were there! From here on, you'll gain nearly 1,500 feet over 4.5 miles and climb, literally, into the clouds. dumb question – what do you sleep on? It also makes a great lake floaty! I have never been so Yosemite before and I am finding the website hard to navigate. We camped right on top of Cloud’s Rest. Jan 7, 2016 - Enjoy spectacular panoramic views including Yosemite Valley and Little Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest. When we finally packed up around noon, still no one had made it to the top. Make this an overnight with a scenic stay Sunrise Lakes. Sunrise Trailhead off of Tioga Road, just south of Tenaya Lake: Time Required: 7-10 hours to summit of Clouds Rest and back: Length: 13 miles to Clouds Rest and back: Elevation Change: Roughly 2000-feet of elevation gain in two separate pushes with a 400-ft descent in between. See our description, photos and practical information for Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest and join in with our trekking and … I plan on going there in June 2015. Besides being windy and cold, there is no place to bury your waste, so people try to hide their TP under rocks, which your know doesn't work. The Sunrise Lakes trailhead is one of the busiest in the Tuolumne area because it’s the shortest way to Clouds Rest, and close to the shore of Tenaya Lake, a popular stopping point on Highway 120. Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest http://t.co/L8pbFIG2sG, RT @theGardenBetty: The next stop on my backcountry journey: Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest http://t.co/3kJbv57gnj #backpacki…. Also, we were the only ones at Cloud’s Rest, so we brought music. I'm having troulbe finding a more detailed map of the area, and how far each place is. About half a mile from the top on the right, you will see this beautiful view. Trail map: Click here Clouds Rest is a large granite peak within Yosemite National Park. It was a relatively safe hike out, but you definitely didn’t want to trip on anything as both sides were fully exposed. 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