Have a snack, drink some water … 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. That climbs down 1100 ft. to Tenaya lake in 2.5 miles. I sleep on a Thermarest pad. Where: Tuolumne Meadows Campground (orientation), Sunrise Trailhead to Clouds Rest and Yosemite Valley (backpack). 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. 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 . The Trail will wind you right next to the first and third lake. Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest http://t.co/SvWT3RFvY0 #…, Two weeks…..and this might be me!!! Segment log: 5 miles with 2,700 feet elevation change http://sierramapper.blogspot.com/ Will be your best friend. Just before the final scramble to the summit, we reached the infamous Cloud’s Rest Foot Trail. 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. Visit Yosemite’s largest lake (Tenaya) before hiking up to the Sunrise Lakes area where you will camp before tackling Clouds Rest (9,926’). You'll pass a small tarn on the right, and cross a small stream twice - be sure to … If the lot is full, you can park along the road as well just abide by the signs. log in sign up. 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. I actually had trouble finding my favorite constellations because there were so many other stars visible! . You can hike the Cloud's rest trail from Tenaya lakes and back in one long day (14.5 miles). 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. Jan 7, 2016 - Enjoy spectacular panoramic views including Yosemite Valley and Little Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest. Take the Sunrise Lakes trail from Tenaya Lake. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Yes. 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). Elevation Gain: 1,775 feet. Sunrise Lakes Loop via Clouds Rest Trail. 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. 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. And now you have a downhill followed by some rolling terrain. After the trail splits, it climbs along a gently graded slope through Sunrise Lakes. Epic Yosemite: Sunrise Lakes to Cloud’s Rest http://t.co/SvWT3RFvY0 < TY for RT! Leaving from Tenaya Lake, this route ascends through forests towards Sunrise Lakes but continues on to the summit of Clouds Rest. It's a long day hike to Half Dome. 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. Where to camp for the night if its my first night on the trail? The most epic campsite I’ve ever experienced. From Sunrise Lakes, we retraced our steps back to the trail junction with all the signs. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. I would never, ever climb Half Dome with all those throngs of folks, solitude rules! We awoke early and in good spirits. At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. 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. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more », Hi Linda, 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. From the trailhead, you start the hike by following the trail markers for Sunrise H.S.C. I've been watching the web cams, Clouds Rest got a nice dusting of snow yesterday but it's already melting off. It's also a land blessed with the mildest, sunniest climate of any major mountain range in the world. And have permit to climb 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) We left Sunrise Lakes at about 2 or 3pm and headed back to the sign juncture to continue on the Cloud’s Rest path. Thanks to your post, I’m headed there with three friends next week!!! The Yosemite site lists available entry dates for all of their trailheads. 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. 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. log in sign up. I'm having troulbe finding a more detailed map of the area, and how far each place is. Our climb began shortly after. Date of experience: September 2019. 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. 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. It was only four miles to Cloud’s Rest from here, but would feel like the longest four miles of my life. If you’re new to backpacking (or backcountry hiking in general), I do not recommend this route unless you’re going with experienced backpackers. Thank you!! We went in July. 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. DIFFICULT 15.4 mi. 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 sunrise lakes trail to Cloud's rest is 12 miles round trip, I think. Clouds Rest Elevation: 9,926 feet Trail to Summit: The Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake is the most direct route. dumb question – what do you sleep on? Trail map: Click here 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. It can be reached from either Tioga Rd (see below) or Yosemite Valley. 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. It also makes a great lake floaty! I have never been so Yosemite before and I am finding the website hard to navigate. Garden Betty independently selects products to feature on this site. 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. Wilderness. 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. The peak off to the left is Sunrise Mountain, not Clouds Rest, and you don’t have to hike up it. 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. Thank you for making us almost feel like we were there! 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. Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest Key information: Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest A choice of walking, including the long highlands walk to Clouds Rest and on to Half Dome. 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. … About half a mile from the top on the right, you will see this beautiful view. 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. Any recommendations in Sierra, Hi, what kind of recommendations? 1 Thank Backpacker_0905 . We anchored to every possible boulder, block, chockstone, and chickenhead — guylines going everywhere. DIFFICULT 24.1 mi. 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. 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. 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”). Turn left to go to the Sunrise Lakes instead. All Rights Reserved. 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 . I have three nights in Yosemite available starting at cathedral Lakes trailhead in Tuolumne (heading back out this way too). Clouds Rest via Tenaya Lake. Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet (700 m) Permit Demand: Very High. If you were camping with other people playing music, I’m sure they’d respect your desire for quiet if you simply asked them to turn it off. We started from Tenaya lake 3AM thinking that we were crazy. Sunrise Lakes is beautiful--especially the meadows in the morning. You can apply to reserve a … 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. 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. 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. 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. Moderate hike. A filter is needed for both. 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…. 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. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Start off at Sunrise Lakes trailhead on Tenaya Lake. 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. Yes, we started at Sunrise Lakes trailhead. Despite the difficulty though, the enduring popularity of Clouds Rest is a testament to how fantastic the payoff views are. Sunrise Lakes are to the Left, Straight ahead will lead you to the trail for Clouds Rest. Despite an elevation change of 2,700 feet, the biggest challenge on the hike was the extra weight in water we had to carry. See our description, photos and practical information for Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest and join in with our trekking and … Wanting to do both Clouds rest and Half dome. There's link to the trail map at the bottom, with some annotations. by mozierfamily » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:34 pm . The Signs don’t say Sunrise Lakes, they instead point you to Sunrise Camp which is another 2.5 miles. Stayed at Sunrise Lakes after hiking to Clouds Rest. 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 allows you to break up the hike, spend a night relaxing and help you have an early start back on the trail. Your trip looks amazing, I’m glad I stumbled upon this post. If I squinted, I could see the little blue dot that was Tenaya Lake, the start of our hike way, way out there. seriously…amazing. Sunrise Trailhead: 8151' Clouds Rest summit: 9931' Seasons: Enjoy spectacular panoramic views including Yosemite Valley and Little Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest. We took Tenaya lakes trail. At about 2.5 miles, you'll reach an intersection with the Sunrise Lakes Trail that heads off to the east. I walked along the entire length of the arête to the very tip-top of Cloud’s Rest at 9,931 feet. The first rays of light spilled over the top of Half Dome while we were brewing coffee. Plan on starting at Sunrise lakes trailhead, http://www.gardenbetty.com/2013/08/epic-yosemite-sunrise-lakes-to-clouds-rest/. @HikingHaven, The most epic campsite I’ve ever experienced. 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. 15.5 miles 1775 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail. We headed down on Friday night and stayed the night in Tuolumne Meadows. 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. In the first 100 yards of the trail we crossed over Tenaya Creek, the only major creek crossing on this trail. The sunrise lakes trail to Cloud's rest is 12 miles round trip, I think. Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest + Half Dome and back? Backpack Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest. For Clouds Rest, you need a permit for Sunrise Lakes, and we highly recommend reserving this one, as it’s a very popular route. Trailhead: Sunrise Lakes. Such a beautiful hike. 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. Hands down, Cloud’s Rest is and was the most epic campsite I have ever, ever experienced. Then, let the climbing begin. I believe the secret to a good life is... Read more. We camped right on top of Cloud’s Rest. You can certainly do all of Cloud's rest in a day if you're so inclined. 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. Make this an overnight with a scenic stay Sunrise Lakes. 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 … This junction is a great spot to chill out for a bit. 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. From Sunrise Lakes, we retraced our steps back to the trail junction with all the signs. 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. Right by the trailhead is a small but well-marked parking lot; however, this parking lot is almost always full. 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. MODERATE 2.6 mi. It flattened out for the next two miles, passing through a beautiful wooded valley. 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. The Clouds Rest hike will begin at the Sunrise Lakes trailhead on Tioga Road. I plan on going there in June 2015. Great thanks for the link Bomplo. Here’s another sign for Clouds Rest at the junction. Should we hike all the way down and camp in the woods below Cloud’s Rest? Sunrise Trailhead: 8151' Clouds Rest summit: 9931' Seasons: Did you need a wilderness permit to camp here? 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