For this hike we felt strong and fast the entire day, thanks to some hydration tablets and being smarter with our water intake this time. Length 20.5 miElevation gain 6302 ftRoute type Out & back of Yosemite Valley (North Dome, El Capitan, Glacier Point, Half Dome). Clouds Rest is a massive granite peak just northeast of Half Dome. Just go to the trailhead and start hiking! The way back down is brutal on the knees and feet without trekking poles. 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. For most people, they are pushing it way tight for doing a day-trip, let alone starting at 1 pm. We start at 8 and took 15hrs, so had to hike in the dark. In front (south) is Quarter Dome. I have done Half Dome several times so I am used to most of the trail. I started before sunrise and finished back to the car at night with headlamps because of shorter hours of the sun and daylight savings time just changed. The top of Clouds rest had an abundance of snow on top. The back end of Cloud's Rest appears to the west. to a trail of long switchbacks in the woods. Cloud’s Rest is the highest peak in the Tenaya Canyon region of the park at 9,930 feet, and has one of the best views in the park, along with Sentinel Dome, Mt. The whole purpose of this hike was to take my 6 year old and see good views of the waterfalls. Clouds Rest is the only place in the valley area where you can both see the entire valley along with a bird’s eye view of the TOP of Half Dome. Along the way they are treated to views of Half Dome, Liberty Cap, and the distant summit of Clouds Rest. The jaunt from Cloud’s Rest to Little Yosemite Valley isn’t particularly difficult; and in fact for the first mile or two, we skipped happily down the trail, our backpacks several pounds lighter, eager to hit the campsite early and float in the river all day. walk straight down aiming for the left handside of Quarter Dome. 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. I saw no one again until I got back to my car at 9:30 PM. It can be reached from The last mile is mostly covered in snow, so I would recommend bringing some good water/snow proof shoes if you're thinking about hiking this one. Clouds Rest is a massive granite peak just northeast of Half Dome. 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. Maybe for some super-athletes they can do that. If you’re willing to work for it, the ending has the best view of Yosemite valley. There was a little bit of snow after Nevada Falls, then a little bit more, then a little bit more until it became knee deep, then waist deep. I've never written a review for anything in my life, what the mileage on this trail is a lie and I felt compelled to forewarn everyone else. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543. The peak can be seen from Yosemite Valley, and at 9,930 ft. is about 1,080 ft. higher than the more famous Half Dome. The back end of Cloud's Rest appears to the west. Maybe for some super-athletes they can do that. Hug the eastern edge of the mountainside and muscle your way through the 500-foot climb to the summit. And unlike Half Dome, for the Clouds Rest hike, no permit is needed, the distance and climbing is manageable, and you don’t have to navigate anything like the anxiety-inducing cables section. If you're doing this in the next few days (after this review) or after a lot of snow has been dumped on the mountains, bring your snow shoes and more importantly, your cramp ons. My wife and I are planning to make a similar hike in about two weeks from now, including the half Dome. I had to turn around with less than one mile to go because of the snow levels. if you start tracking mileage from where the shuttle drops you off, this trail is at least 20 miles. As you reach closer to clouds rest there’s a lot of switch back and more steeper incline but the views are fantastic as you will be able to see half dome, El Capitan, north dome and a few others. Many of the attractions along the way are the same (ie Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, Mist Trail, Little Yosemite Valley, etc). I highly recommend this trail as the views from on top literally takes your breath away, but be prepared and in shape for this one! Bring lots of water and snacks that give you energy. (But signs posted on Half Dome give a different distance: 16 kms to Tenaya Hoffman, and Mt. The hike up to Clouds Rest from Yosemite Valley is about 16 to 18 miles round-trip I think, but 6000 feet elevation gain. Worth it! As of 2020, you don't need a permit to hike to Clouds Rest from that side. Clouds Rest Cabin, located in Foresta, is inside Yosemite National Park and 8 miles from Yosemite Valley. your hands) with a few meters of scary exposure. From that junction with the Half Dome trail to the bottom of the Half Dome trail Clouds Rest hike Clouds Rest hike stats. All the glacier-carved wonder of Little Yosemite Valley and the surrounding peaks unfolds at the top of Clouds Rest (9,926 ft.). Clouds Rest Cabin, located in Foresta, is inside Yosemite National Park and 8 miles from Yosemite Valley. Clouds Rest can also be reached via the John Muir Trail starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, though this journey is 2.5 miles longer and involves an extra 3,400 feet of elevation gain. 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. I originally wanted to take the mist trail but it was closed. The main advantage of Clouds Rest is its proximity to the valley and great 360-degree views of the park. Leave early in the morning and avoid the Yosemite Valley crowds! From Yosemite Valley Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. We start in the high country, end in the Valley, and experience incredible views, waterfalls, iconic summits, and overall amazing hiking in between! Luckily we didn’t run into any animals, just a few people trekking along the same way as us. 12/6 worst part is the stairs at the falls after that it's pretty steady the rest of the way. Went on this trail yesterday 1st of November. Enjoy , I’m definitely doing this hike again! The very last From the first trail marker that you see it's 9.5 miles to the summit meaning that it is a minimum of 19 MI. As of 2/16/20, the last two miles can be pretty challenging as there were some bits of snow and ice. Naw, I won't need them," I said as I locked my car at 5 am and took off on the mist trail. Clouds Rest Trail from Yosemite Valley is a 33.0 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. $15.00. Following the Mist Trail, hikers climb past Vernal and then Nevada falls before emerging into Little Yosemite Valley. I ran/hiked up this trail and it took me about 6 hours to complete in total. Clouds Rest is a mountain in Yosemite National Park east northeast of Yosemite Village, California. The steps on Nevada falls is completely covered in ice. Over the course of 10 miles, hikers gain nearly 5000 feet in elevation. Passing by the vernal fall and Nevada falls was almost dry :( from the top of the junction of Nevada toward cloud rest and half dome will have miles of incline into the woods. Firstly the trail is one of the highest in Yosemite… The peak offers excellent views of Half Dome and the surrounding area. This is a long rewarding hike and I am glad I did it again and especially having the opportunity with the snow. One thought on “ Cathedral Lakes to Yosemite Valley via Clouds Rest ” Nadav says: August 8, 2019 at 1:17 am. Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley California Houseworth Stereoview Photo cdii AS-IS. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. The summit is a great place. 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. (countless hikers have lost their lives in the canyon) Program Overview: Join us for a challenging and rewarding Yosemite adventure! We stopped at Little Yosemite Valley and filtered water at the Merced River, then again at a spring about 3/4 the way up the last set of switchbacks. Adventure Details. The views of the waterfalls were not that great but I love Yosemite. I was just amazed at the beauty when I got up there. It was worth the pain and suffering and 16.5 hour hike. Catching sight of Bridal Falls ranks up there with taking in all that El Capitan has to offer, but when it comes to feet-on-the-ground action and experiences, Cloud’s Rest takes the prize. But, things are different once you pass the cutoff to Half Dome. The view from Cloud's Rest is amazing though. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. My wife and I are planning to make a similar hike in about two weeks from now, including the half Dome. A hike in from Tioga Road to the north makes for a more reasonable day hike … Start out at the Tenaya Lake Trailhead , where you can head directly onto the trail for Clouds Rest or … Dana. Definitely a knee killer on the way down so be ready! At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. The Little Yosemite Valley backpackers campground is located to the west of Cloud’s Rest and offers a different approach to the peak (read about this below in Best Routes). great hike and views!! The trail physically runs below Quarter Dome, so one can technically just The Clouds Rest hike is one of the hardest in Yosemite for a few reasons. I was pretty upset at myself for leaving the snow shoes because A) I would have moved faster in the snow, B) gone up a little further up Half Dome (I decided to go up to Half Dome before I made my way to Clouds Rest, and C) I may have made it all the way to Clouds Rest. We weren’t pushing especially hard but didn’t really stop on the way up or down besides at the top. A great place to enjoy lunch before you turn around and head back to Tenaya Lake or continue on down from Cloud's Rest to Yosemite Valley, via the Mist Trail or the John Muir Trail. These are two of the most spectacular and famous peaks in Yosemite National Park. that has the parking lot as its main feature). a permit). It can be reached from either Tioga Rd (see below) or Yosemite Valley. Clouds Rest is the largest exposed piece of granite on Earth. This, along with relative proximity to Northern California metropolitan areas, makes the hike from Happy Isles to Clouds Rest a GREAT (and very scenic) training hike for higher peaks like Whitney and Shasta. Amazing trail. 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. 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. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. On your left handside is a colossal drop into a forested canyon (this is A streaming version of this view is also available.. You can help support this webcam and provide for the future of Yosemite by becoming a Friend of Yosemite today.. Hoffman, and Mt. The hike up to Clouds Rest from Yosemite Valley is about 16 to 18 miles round-trip I think, but 6000 feet elevation gain. and a view that includes Half Dome(unlike the ugly view from Half Dome that has the parking lot as its main feature). Make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen. Start at Happy Isles trailhead (1232m high), To Vernal Falls: 30 minutes (2.4 kms, 300m elevation gain), To Nevada Falls: 30 minutes (5.6 kms, 570m elevation gain, end of the Mist trail), Yosemite Valley - Happy Isles 35km (19:15), Hike from Mirror Lake to Olmstead Pt (about 16 kms), but then you have to find transportation (i.e. HI, I am Nadav from Israel. Clouds Rest has a thin peak formed as the result of erosion with the height of 9,926 feet (3,025 m). But it is the highest point in the Yosemite Valley area. Behind (north) one has a view of Mt Hoffman, Cock's Comb and Mt Dana. 10/10 would recommend. actually more vertical). i really liked your hike-story and the magnificent photos. It also helps to use your phone as a flashlight if you have to hike in the dark. Yosemite Valley From Cloud's Rest, California, c 1870's Tall style Stereoview. But because Tenaya canyon is so dangerous This view of Yosemite Valley from just east of Yosemite Village gives a sense of conditions of the floor of Yosemite Valley. I did this hike 11/15/2020 and there was a lot of snow and ice on the trail. (Happy Isles, Yosemite Valley) is about another 10-11 kms. This hike is probably Yosemite’s ultimate dayhike. Make sure to take pictures to show off that amazing 360 degree panorama, and let us know how the trip went. One thought on “ Cathedral Lakes to Yosemite Valley via Clouds Rest ” Nadav says: August 8, 2019 at 1:17 am. It was 21 miles and 6,000 feet for me since I started at the valley floor. Completed this yesterday on 3/14/20, the trail is very well maintained and easily marked throughout the whole trip, other than when we got to the top snow and ice completely covered the trail. If you’re up to the physical challenge and able to time the trip appropriately, you’re going to have one hell of a time out there. This makes Clouds Rest an excellent choice for those who didn’t score a Half Dome permit - particularly if less crowded weekdays are not an option for you. Half Dome. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. We did this as a day hike, started at 7:30am ended at 10:30pm with 21 miles completed. september is the best month. 360-degree views stretch for hundreds of miles. The price is the view from the summit. Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is … But one definite advantage of Clouds Rest is the fact that it has a smaller summit. Behold: an endless mid-angle slab climb of truly epic proportions! Relax and enjoy this vacation cabin on ridgetop location with sweeping views of El Capitan, Half Dome and the surrounding mountains. Many who head to Little Yosemite Valley are thru-hikers, intent on making the full 211-mile trip to Mt. Whitney. California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. shuttles from Yosemite Valley to Tenaya Lake. From Yosemite Valley Most people seem to do this as a 2 day hike or approach from the lake, making it shorter. The grand total is 28.6 kms plus 6.4kms if you do the Half Dome detour. Definitely a hard hike, budget about 10-12 hours at least 16 or more is likely if the day is hot. Speaking of the lack of permits (and the ability to do this hike on a moment’s notice if desired), the distance (10 miles one way) and elevation gain (6000ft) are on a par with Mount Whitney. Hiked 11/20 Started at 5:30am from big pines campground parking lot. It’s hard to say what is the better view out of this one vs Half Dome. Awesome hike and I was fortunate to have near perfect weather in February. 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. Plan for time, water and food with some extra. Walk straight through the summit down into a very narrow descent that leads Clouds Rest Trail from Yosemite Valley is a 20.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. you take the same trail as if you were going to Half Dome: the Mist Trail. Note: Because of the shuttle and of the snow, the one-way hike is feasible The peak offers excellent views of Half Dome and the surrounding area. A great place to enjoy lunch before you turn around and head back to Tenaya Lake or continue on down from Cloud's Rest to Yosemite Valley, via the Mist Trail or the John Muir Trail. This four night / five day adventure includes two of Yosemite National Park’s most iconic features - Half Dome and either Clouds Rest or Glacier Point. Trails; Add new comment. I’d recommend starting at 5:30 to avoid hiking in the dark. The views from Clouds Rest are nothing short of stunning. It is very hard, literally all incline and up hill, we did 6500 elevation gain while on the hike, so be mentally prepared for that. Clouds Rest may not be the highest point in Yosemite. Views could not be beat! Also want to emphasize... bring a lot of water! Unlike Half Dome, there is no permit or lottery for this hike. Many famous Yosemite landmarks must be overcome in order to ascend Clouds Rest. Looks like a terrific hike! Patchy Snow at about 7K elevation, last 2 miles were all snow, but not to bad, micro spikes optional poles recommended.only parts that felt sketchy was the final steps onto the summit, a bit icy and pretty exposed in spots. There were hardly any people which was amazing! and a view that includes Half Dome (unlike the ugly view from Half Dome hitchhike) for the last stretch of road. Relax and enjoy this vacation cabin on ridgetop location with sweeping views of El Capitan, Half Dome and the surrounding mountains. Clouds Rest is the largest exposed piece of granite on Earth. Cloud’s Rest is the highest peak in the Tenaya Canyon region of the park at 9,930 feet, and has one of the best views in the park, along with Sentinel Dome, Mt. Really cool views of the valley on the way back down too. Directions from Tuolumne Meadows: Travel westward on Tioga Road approximately 8 miles to the Tenaya Trailhead immediately west of Tenaya Lake. The peak can be seen from Yosemite Valley, and at 9,930 ft. is about 1,080 ft. higher than the more famous Half Dome. From Yosemite Valley: Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley From Glacier Point: Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley If you have a permit for one of these two trailheads, you must spend your first night at Little Yosemite Valley Campground (no additional reservation or permit required). The Clouds Rest hike in Yosemite is a favorite of the park rangers; you get incredible panoramic views from over 1,000 feet above Half Dome. only between July and September. 360-degree views stretch for hundreds of miles. Great hike, long and challenging but the views were great. The hike starts at the Sunrise trailhead and parking lot, near the Summit both Half Dome and Clouds Rest on this guided backpacking trip! First, the Mist Trail must be surmounted, up past Vernal and Nevada Falls. Clouds Rest is a mountain in Yosemite National Park east northeast of Yosemite Village, California. Clouds Rest Trail from Yosemite Valley est un sentier aller-retour de 20.5 miles très fréquenté situé près de parc national de Yosemite, Californie. "I should bring my snow shoes. This is well-worth the trek as it makes for a very long day being 18 miles in total with a lot of climbing (over 6K feet!). The jaunt from Cloud’s Rest to Little Yosemite Valley isn’t particularly difficult; and in fact for the first mile or two, we skipped happily down the trail, our backpacks several pounds lighter, eager to hit the campsite early and float in the river all day. Expect 10 hours if you’re super fast and take lesser breaks. I rested up top for about an hour. Dana. It was definitely an all day trek, we started the hike from Happy isles around 6:30 AM and finished around 7 PM. The mountain’s current name comes from Lafayette H. Bunnell, who was the doctor of the Mariposa Battalion which explored Yosemite Valley and Yosemite in the nineteenth century before … One of the more historic and unknown mountains in Yosemite is Clouds Rest. Initially, it is almost flat, but then it starts climbing up. In 2010 the shuttle reached the Sunrise trailhead in Tenaya Lake around 10am. And unlike Half Dome, for the Clouds Rest hike, no permit is needed, the distance and climbing is manageable, and you don’t have to navigate anything like the anxiety-inducing cables section. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail, The Pinnacles and Cathedral Lake via John Muir Trail, John Muir Trail: Happy Isles to Tuolumne Meadows, John Muir Trail: Yosemite Valley to Tenaya Lake, Vernal, Nevada, and Illilouette Fall Route, Mirror Lake, Snow Creek, and Upper Yosemite Falls Loop, Happy Isles, Vernall Falls, Half Dome, Tenaya Lake, and Mirror Lakes Loop, Merced Lake to Half Dome Loop via John Muir, Pack and Cloud Rest Trails, Vernal Fall Foot Bridge via Mist and John Muir Trail, Vernal Falls and Clark Point via Mist and John Muir Loop, Snow Creek, May Lake and Clouds Rest Loop. Maybe for some super-athletes they can do that. If we did not have GPS coordinates preset, we would not have been able to find the official end of the trail due to the amount of snow and ice. Below Quarter Dome one can walk straight down on a granite slab and avoid Pretty hard if not used to inclines and steps. Plan for lights and possible bear spray or animal encounters. Much like Half Dome, the views from the summit are certainly worth the climb (and then some). The dramatic view from Clouds Rest mid-afternoon. As of 2010, there was also a YARTS bus. As with all backcountry trails in Yosemite, you can camp anywhere, so long as you’re 100 feet off the trail. It is 6.5 kms from Cloud's Rest to the junction with the Half Dome trail. My wife and I recently hiked this route and it was spectacular! Once they split, the path to Clouds Rest is longer but much less strenuous than the remaining 1.8 miles to Half Dome. If you’re searching for sweeping views of Yosemite Valley and an epic view of Half Dome, you can’t beat the Clouds Rest hike. Free shipping . The last push up the summit is a scramble but nothing technical. a few more switchbacks. The hike fittingly known as Clouds Rest sits more than 1,000 feet above the iconic Half Dome and provides arguably the best view in all of Yosemite National Park. Experience one of the best view points in Yosemite National Park on a guided backpacking tour to the summit of Clouds Rest with Discovery Treks.Towering over competing peaks in the area at a stellar 9,930 ft of elevation, Clouds Rest offers the best 360 degree panorama views of Yosemite National Park that you will likely ever see. Cloud's Rest, Yosemite National Park: Address, Cloud's Rest Reviews: 5/5. Half Dome is a (very steep) 3.2km detour up and down (which now requires either Tioga Rd (see below) or Yosemite Valley. shipping: + $2.95 shipping . Make this an overnight with a scenic stay Sunrise Lakes. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. Distance: 12.7 miles (20.5km) Elevation: 4860ft (920m) Time taken: 5 hours 45 Type of trail: out and back. That being said there was only snow and ice for about the last mile and a half. I would definitely do this hike again whether it be spring, summer, fall, or winter. Summit had very deep snow in spots(post hole style at certain parts) got back to the car at 5:20pm so 12 hour day C2C Brought 3L of water and drank it all. Are you at that capacity? It is 11.8 kms from Tenaya Lake to Cloud's Rest. No regrets (except for leaving the motherf*&^ing snow shoes). It’s absolutely on of the top 5 best hikes in Yosemite, in my opinion, and should be on every Yosemite National Park Lover’s hiking agenda.. 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. You also get a direct view down into Yosemite’s ‘forbidden zone’, Tenaya Canyon. The Clouds Rest hike in Yosemite is a favorite of the park rangers; you get incredible panoramic views from over 1,000 feet above Half Dome. Distance: 14.5 miles (23.3 km) round trip Trailhead Elevation: 8,150 feet (2,450 meters) Elevation Gain: 1,775 feet (540 meters) Probably the best views of Yosemite Valley you can get. Clouds Rest (3025 m) has probably the best view of Yosemite Valley, Two days prior, we hiked up to the top of Yosemite Falls and felt dead afterwards. The first part of the hike from sunrise to cloud's nest is moderate difficulty because of the elevation gain. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views including Yosemite Valley and Little Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest. So plan ahead of time accordingly by going very early. 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