Yay, only 4.7 miles to go! Start out at the Tenaya Lake Trailhead, where you can head directly onto the trail for Clouds Rest or you can branch off after 2.7 miles to Sunrise Lakes. The fastest way to day hike Cloud's Rest starts from the Sunrise Lakes trailhead on Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake. 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. Clouds Rest is among the hardest of the classic Yosemite day-hikes. We left Sunrise Lakes at about 2 or 3pm and headed back to the sign juncture to continue on the Cloud’s Rest path. All the maps and trail guides talk about Half Dome. 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. You can certainly do all of Cloud's rest in a day if you're so inclined. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views including Yosemite Valley and Little Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest. 2. 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. Get an early start and drive the Tioga Road to the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead in the dark, trying to arrive before sunrise. We sat on the ridge, munching on jerky and chocolate and laughing at all the people in line to climb the cables on Half Dome. Going straight will take you to Clouds Rest, another 4.7 miles (7.5 km) ahead. 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.) The Signs don’t say Sunrise Lakes, they instead point you to Sunrise Camp which is another 2.5 miles. At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. There are multiple ways to reach Clouds Rest, but this route from Tioga Road is the easiest and most direct. . 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. http://sierramapper.blogspot.com/ Will be your best friend. 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. Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest. I almost had whiplash just taking it all in. The Forsyth Trail descended sharply for the first half mile, winding down a granite staircase through stands of wildflowers. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Every time there, I see stained TP fluttering about. 1. Turn left to go to the Sunrise Lakes instead. When it comes to classic Yosemite peaks, Half Dome gets all the attention. Sunrise Lakes is beautiful--especially the meadows in the morning. I actually had trouble finding my favorite constellations because there were so many other stars visible! This review is the subjective opinion of a … . The Grand Dame of Yosemite domes was a striking feature of the valley. We headed down on Friday night and stayed the night in Tuolumne Meadows. Clothing depends on weather and how long you’ll be on the trail. After the trail splits, it climbs along a gently graded slope through Sunrise Lakes. You can camp at one of the Sunrise Lakes. From Yosemite’s east entrance at Tioga Pass, you will proceed about 18 miles into the park. See my last Epic Yosemite post. Take the Sunrise Lakes trail from Tenaya Lake. The most epic campsite I’ve ever experienced. Yosemite Valley to Clouds Rest. There was no “better” view at camp, as each of our tents had a primo view of the Yosemite peaks. Behold: an endless mid-angle slab climb of truly epic proportions! The Clouds Rest hike will begin at the Sunrise Lakes trailhead on Tioga Road. 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. 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. Don't worry about throngs of summit-hungry hikers: Clouds Rest lacks the crowds that nearby Half Dome attracts. Despite the difficulty though, the enduring popularity of Clouds Rest is a testament to how fantastic the payoff views are. looks amazing!!!! seriously…amazing. Wanting to do both Clouds rest and Half dome. Turn left to go to the Sunrise Lakes instead. Segment log: 5 miles with 2,700 feet elevation change 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”). From Sunrise Lakes, we retraced our steps back to the trail junction with all the signs. Garden Betty independently selects products to feature on this site. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. I don’t know another place in the park where you could get an unobstructed 360° view from the farthest reaches of the high country to the well populated valley floor. 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. 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. It’s a 14-mile round trip journey with endless ups and downs which even rivals it’s more famous neighbor Half Dome. This is Yosemite glacial geology at its finest. wow!! log in sign up. Distance: 14.5 miles (23.3 km) round trip Trailhead Elevation: 8,150 feet (2,450 meters) Elevation Gain: 1,775 feet (540 meters) Highlights: Valley Views, Peaks. And to cap off our Cloud’s Rest experience, we saw this sweet thing while descending to our next destination. You can certainly do all of Cloud's rest in a day if you're so inclined. i’m thinking those rocks must have been hard. 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. 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. , RT @theGardenBetty: *The* most epic campsite I have ever experienced. This rocky ridge, though taller than Half Dome at 9,931 feet, sits in the shadow of its more famous cousin. Next segment: Cloud’s Rest to Little Yosemite Valley, I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. Thank you!! As we climbed down, we had great view of west side mountains. The Forsyth Trail descended sharply for the first half mile, winding down a granite staircase through stands of wildflowers. @AstridBryce, RT @theGardenBetty: This is the peak that truly stands apart from Half Dome. Clouds Rest, one of John Muir’s favourite peaks, offers spectacular views over Half Dome and numerous Yosemite peaks. Should we hike all the way down and camp in the woods below Cloud’s Rest? Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest: Laura Morrow Jacobs liked this on Facebook. EASY 3.8 mi. 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. 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. I would never, ever climb Half Dome with all those throngs of folks, solitude rules! You'll pass a small tarn on the right, and cross a small stream twice - be sure to … Ask Backpacker_0905 about Cloud's Rest. Hands down, Cloud’s Rest is and was the most epic campsite I have ever, ever experienced. Did you need a wilderness permit to camp here? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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. Press J to jump to the feed. 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. I've been watching the web cams, Clouds Rest got a nice dusting of snow yesterday but it's already melting off. I have not been up to Sunrise Lakes before and was wondering about the best places to set up camp. It was only four miles to Cloud’s Rest from here, but would feel like the longest four miles of my life. 99.9% of the hike is easy trail - dead dull. 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 . Make this an overnight with a scenic stay Sunrise Lakes. Where: Tuolumne Meadows Campground (orientation), Sunrise Trailhead to Clouds Rest and Yosemite Valley (backpack). Trailhead: Sunrise Lakes. Just before the final scramble to the summit, we reached the infamous Cloud’s Rest Foot Trail. Incredible hike. 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. 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.) Mid to late summer is best if you want to avoid snow in the high country. 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. 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 . 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 and Sunrise Lakes Loop is a 23 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Sunrise Lakes are to the Left, Straight ahead will lead you to the trail for Clouds Rest. We anchored to every possible boulder, block, chockstone, and chickenhead — guylines going everywhere. Some people camp at Sunrise lakes, which isn't super far from Tenaya lakes. I love these. 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. 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). 15.5 miles 1775 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail. About half a mile from the top on the right, you will see this beautiful view. 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. 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. To my surprise, 4 people were already enjoying sunrise at the top when we arrived there. 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. 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. This junction is a great spot to chill out for a bit. If you detour to visit Sunrise Lakes it will take up a few hours more. At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from May until September. 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. The John Muir Trail is 211 miles long and runs (mostly in conjunction with the PCT) from Yosemite Valley to Mt Whitney, in California. log in sign up. This hike as it is already is quite long. by mozierfamily » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:34 pm . It flattened out for the next two miles, passing through a beautiful wooded valley. 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. Yes. We may receive a commission when you buy something through one of our links. All Rights Reserved. The Trail will wind you right next to the first and third lake. This allows you to break up the hike, spend a night relaxing and help you have an early start back on the trail. Right by the trailhead is a small but well-marked parking lot; however, this parking lot is almost always full. If you camp, you'll need a wilderness permit. After the first 1.5 mile hike on the relatively flat trail, you begin to climb up the lower slope below Sunrise Mountain. Though it’s only an inch or two thick, I don’t feel the ground at all. 4. Clouds Rest. They looked like little ants marching up and down the face. I have three nights in Yosemite available starting at cathedral Lakes trailhead in Tuolumne (heading back out this way too). We made breakfast and shivered a bit in the early season predawn before breaking camp at … (Not that going downhill is any easier than going uphill.). Also, we were the only ones at Cloud’s Rest, so we brought music. Visit Yosemite’s largest lake (Tenaya) before hiking up to the Sunrise Lakes area where you will camp before tackling Clouds Rest (9,926’). Clouds Rest via Tenaya Lake. 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? Sunrise Lakes Loop via Clouds Rest Trail. I believe the secret to a good life is... Read more. Make this an overnight with a scenic stay Sunrise Lakes. 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. dumb question – what do you sleep on? Backpack Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest. Any recommendations in Sierra, Hi, what kind of recommendations? 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. 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. DIFFICULT 24.1 mi. 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. Though if I were there and I heard somebody playing music out of an Ipod speaker, I would have drop-kicked it into Tenaya Canyon…. If you want a parking space, make sure you get there bright and early. 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/. It's also a land blessed with the mildest, sunniest climate of any major mountain range in the world. 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. Clouds Rest is famously one of the best views of Yosemite’s Valley. I walked along the entire length of the arête to the very tip-top of Cloud’s Rest at 9,931 feet. Go for it! https://stepintoyourjourney.com/yosemite-sunrise-lakes-clouds-rest We took the Cloud’s Rest Trail heading down and west from the summit. I sleep on a Thermarest pad. Where: Tuolumne Meadows Campground (orientation), Sunrise Trailhead to Clouds Rest and Yosemite Valley (backpack). Hop on the Sunrise Trail for a flat, 1.6-mile warm-up to the glittering azure of Sunrise Lakes. Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest http://t.co/SvWT3RFvY0 < TY for RT! If the lot is full, you can park along the road as well just abide by the signs. When we finally packed up around noon, still no one had made it to the top. Stayed at Sunrise Lakes after hiking to Clouds Rest. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more », Hi Linda, Visitors to Yosemite can’t help but be awestruck when looking up at the prominent knife of granite known as Clouds Rest. Thank you for making us almost feel like we were there! 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. Jan 7, 2016 - Enjoy spectacular panoramic views including Yosemite Valley and Little Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest. Trail map: Click here Is it something you can backpack in a day? With the sun waning on the horizon, we started debating where to set up camp. 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. Have a snack, drink some water … DIFFICULT 15.4 mi. Length 23 miElevation gain 5682 ftRoute type Loop 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. 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 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. Hey Linda, What are ur suggestions for clothing and dress? It can be reached from either Tioga Rd (see below) or Yosemite Valley. Thanks for the post, And the amazing pictures. At the summit, hike straight, avoiding the trail on the left to Sunrise Lakes. I have never been so Yosemite before and I am finding the website hard to navigate. 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. Retrace steps back to Tenaya Lake and the Sunrise Trailhead. If you’re new to backpacking (or backcountry hiking in general), I do not recommend this route unless you’re going with experienced backpackers. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. 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. All around us were peaks, peaks and more peaks, one after another, layered like a opulent painting. Here’s another sign for Clouds Rest at the junction. You can apply to reserve a … 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. Great thanks for the link Bomplo. Very beautiful from the top of Clouds Rest!! The sunrise lakes trail to Cloud's rest is 12 miles round trip, I think. Reach the Clouds Rest summit (9,926 feet). 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. Have not read their article, but try not to camp on top of Cloud's Rest. 3. mirror lake trail via John Muir Trail. Lower Cathedral Lake via John Muir Trail. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Make this an overnight with a scenic stay Sunrise Lakes. After taking in a glorious sunset the night before, we woke up to a beautiful, quiet sunrise. This way… no, that way… no, over there… oh look, over there! 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. From the trailhead, you start the hike by following the trail markers for Sunrise H.S.C. I could even see Cathedral Peak in the distance, the site of my very first backpacking trip in 2008. 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. It also makes a great lake floaty! Sunrise Trailhead: 8151' Clouds Rest summit: 9931' Seasons: The Trail © Garden Betty 2010-2020. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views including Yosemite Valley and Little Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest. Thanks, it was definitely a trip to remember! 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…. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Clouds Rest is the largest exposed piece of granite on Earth. When it comes down to it, being able to be present is such a great gift in life. Eichorn Pinnacle via Cathedral Peak Climber's Approach. Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest http://t.co/SvWT3RFvY0 < TY for RT! From here on, you'll gain nearly 1,500 feet over 4.5 miles and climb, literally, into the clouds. 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. I'm having troulbe finding a more detailed map of the area, and how far each place is. Moderate hike. And now you have a downhill followed by some rolling terrain. The views were imposing and humbling. 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. The peak off to the left is Sunrise Mountain, not Clouds Rest, and you don’t have to hike up it. Was your permit Sunrise Lake trailhead? We camped right on top of Cloud’s Rest. Wilderness. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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). 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. My California Hiking guide mentions that there are sites available by the upper lake or that we can continue 2 miles to the backpackers camp. We took Tenaya lakes trail. Despite an elevation change of 2,700 feet, the biggest challenge on the hike was the extra weight in water we had to carry. The sunrise lakes trail to Cloud's rest is 12 miles round trip, I think. Distance: 14 miles (22.5 km) round trip. Should we hike down a bit and pitch our tents on a lower ridge? The John Muir Trail passes through what many backpackers say is the finest mountain scenery in the United States. 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. Date of experience: September 2019. It was a relatively safe hike out, but you definitely didn’t want to trip on anything as both sides were fully exposed. There's link to the trail map at the bottom, with some annotations. At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest. Clouds Rest is a large granite peak within Yosemite National Park. MODERATE 2.6 mi. 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 … Sunrise Trailhead: 8151' Clouds Rest summit: 9931' Seasons: Leaving from Tenaya Lake, this route ascends through forests towards Sunrise Lakes but continues on to the summit of Clouds Rest. Your trip looks amazing, I’m glad I stumbled upon this post. From Sunrise Lakes, we retraced our steps back to the trail junction with all the signs. At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. Always check the forecasts and bring layers. The first rays of light spilled over the top of Half Dome while we were brewing coffee. We started from Tenaya lake 3AM thinking that we were crazy. Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest + Half Dome and back? … In the first 100 yards of the trail we crossed over Tenaya Creek, the only major creek crossing on this trail. It’s mind-boggling to picture myself as an even tinier dot traversing those ridges just a few days ago. And have permit to climb half dome. 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. The Yosemite site lists available entry dates for all of their trailheads. 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. Going straight will take you to Clouds Rest, another 4.7 miles (7.5 km) ahead. CLOUDS REST TRAIL QUICK FACTS. I think this was the point in our trip where all of us felt like our lives had changed in some way. 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?”. 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 . Which month 8f year did you guys went? Thank you so much. Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest http://t.co/9vF…, Absolutely gorgeous, Betty! Start out at the Tenaya Lake Trailhead, where you can head directly onto the trail for Clouds Rest or you can branch off after 2.7 miles to Sunrise … Such a beautiful hike. 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. A filter is needed for both. Tenaya Lake – Sunrise Trailhead – Clouds Rest Trail [< ----- 0.62 Mile ----- >] Tanaya Lake – Sunrise Lakes Trailhead 8,150 ft elev. That climbs down 1100 ft. to Tenaya lake in 2.5 miles. There is tons of places to set up camp right below it and you would be sheltered and within 10 minutes of the peak. It was only four miles to Cloud’s Rest from here, but would feel like the longest four miles of my life. @HikingHaven, The most epic campsite I’ve ever experienced. 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. Yes, we started at Sunrise Lakes trailhead. To the west stood Half Dome and though a thousand feet shorter, was no less impressive. Where to camp for the night if its my first night on the trail? 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. For Clouds Rest, you need a permit for Sunrise Lakes, and we highly recommend reserving this one, as it’s a very popular route. Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet (700 m) Permit Demand: Very High. that view – especially at night. This is a land of 13,000-foot and 14,000-foot peaks, of lakes in the thousands, and of canyons and granite cliffs. It's a long day hike to Half Dome. 1 Thank Backpacker_0905 . If I squinted, I could see the little blue dot that was Tenaya Lake, the start of our hike way, way out there. http://www.gardenbetty.com/outdoor-adventures/, Epic Yosemite: Cloud's Rest to Little Yosemite Valley. 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. The last mile zigzagged up Cloud’s Rest and offered expansive views over the valley. Clouds Rest Elevation: 9,926 feet Trail to Summit: The Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake is the most direct route. 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