Hike Clouds Rest

14.5 Miles Round Trip - 1775 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Tenaya Lake Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Addison Klinke

Enjoy incredible panoramic views of Yosemite Valley. This hike is far less crowded than Half Dome and doesn't require permits for day hiking.

The "younger" brother of the world famous Half Dome, Clouds Rest is in fact a solid 1,000 feet taller despite receiving significantly less attention. If you know about this hidden gem however, you're in luck. Starting out from the Tenaya Lake trailhead will save you crowds on the trail and the trouble of driving into the congested Yosemite Valley and fighting for parking spaces.

At the start, the trail climbs quickly through the High Sierra, passing pine trees and monstrous white granite boulders along the way. Eventually, you will reach a plateau slightly before the turnoff to Sunrise Lakes. This gradual terrain continues until the final 2 miles when the real climbing starts. At this point you will be going up the backbone of Clouds Rest. The trail does become quite exposed towards the top, but is still wide enough to be comfortable (unless you have an extreme fear of heights).

At the top, you will be looking SE into Yosemite Valley with stunning views of Half Dome all the way out to El Capitan in the distance. Not to mention the views back towards Tuolumne Meadows aren't too shabby either. You'll definitely want to stay on the summit a while to soak in the panorama, so get an early start on this hike and bring plenty of sunscreen because there's no shade once you're up on top.

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Hiking
Forest
Scenic

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14.5 Miles
1775 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Tioga Rd, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389, USA

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Some mosquitoes in the summer!! But once you get up there it's a breathtaking view of the whole Yosemite Valley including Half Dome and El Capitan

Way Better than Half Dome. Having the vantage point down into the valley and half dome as a point of interest leads to excellent photographic opportunities. Love this Hike!