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Clouds Rest Hike

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Looking for a bucket-list adventure in 2016, look no further than our Clouds Rest hike! Clouds Rest is the neighbor of Half Dome, located immediately to the North of Half Dome. When looking at Half Dome from the valley, you can see Clouds Rest immediately to the left. Clouds Rest is actually a higher elevation then Half Dome at 9,926’and almost everyone agrees that it offers a better view! One of the best Yosemite hikes you can do, hands down.


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. This is right off of Higway 120/Tioga Road between Olmstead Point and Tenaya Lake. You will meet your Lasting Adventures Guide here.

The distance of the Clouds Rest hike is approximately 14.5 miles round trip from Tenaya Lake in the Yosemite high country. Total elevation gain is 1,776′. The trail begins at an elevation of about 8,150 and the first 1.5 miles is gradual before miles 1.5-2.5 which offers one of the more difficult climbs of the day. The reward at the top of this first climb is an awesome hidden viewpoint down the length of Tenaya Canyon seeing the valley in the distance past both Clouds Rest and Half Dome.

The next few miles are a combination of some downhill and gradual uphills before the last climb to the summit. Views of the high country in a less crowded area are abundant as we pass by a pond and break at a stream. After the break we start winding uphill again as we gain a view of the Clouds Rest summit and more views up the Merced River Canyon. The last 1/4 mile or so to the summit we call the ‘Spine”. The Spine is a narrow ridge with a steep drop off to the west of about 4,000 feet and a lesser drop to the east of around 1,000 feet. Although it triggers fear in many, it is less dangerous and a bit easier then the height factor on Half Dome.

The reward at the summit is one of the best 360 degree views in the park. From this viewpoint you can see many famous Yosemite icons such as Half Dome, El Capitan, Glacier Point, Mt. Watkins, North Dome, Sentinel Dome, Mount Hoffman, Mount Lyell, Mount Conness, Mount Dana, Merced lake, Tenaya Lake,… and the list goes on.

Other: With transportation in place, this hike can be a through hike to the Valley of 17-miles.

Price Includes: Custom Lasting Adventures “Get High on Granite” Souvenir T-shirt.

Guides carry first aid kits, water purification methods, toilet paper (for emergencies), suntan lotion and bug repellent. Please plan to bring your own lunch, snacks, water bottles, etc. Remember, all profits from our guided trips go towards supporting our youth summer camp program.

Note: Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. You will be kept in contact throughout this process.

Trip Specifics:

Length: 8-12 Hours
Mileage: 14.5 Miles
Rating: Strenuous
Meet: Sunrise Lakes Trailhead Parking Lot, 7am
Available: May-Oct
Cost: 1 person: $300
2 people: $160 each
3+ people: $120 each
2016 Dates: Choose a Date!