There’s just 2.5 miles left to get back to the car at the Sunrise Lakes trailhead. After what seems like an eternity, you will make it to the saddle where the trail breaks off to Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest. At the summit, hike straight, avoiding the trail on the left to Sunrise Lakes. Clouds Rest is a massive granite peak just northeast of Half Dome.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 peak offers excellent views of Half Dome and the surrounding area. At this landing, there are several options.Â The trailhead to the left, will take you to Sunrise Lakes and beyond to Sunrise Lakes High Sierra Camp.Â The trailhead straight (as you hit the top), will take you to Clouds Rest…… Pro Tip:Â To the right there is an unmarked trail (two actually) that will take you to one of the best views of the Valley in Yosemite.Â The best spot is up and to the right so…… of the two unmarked trails to the right, take the first one that goes up a bit.Â Either one, if you go up (slightly right) and then out to the edge you will know exactly what I am talking about.Â Would make a wonderful campsite, except the closest water is a half mile away at Sunrise Lakes. Range, Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and more. I make an early start to hopefully avoid the crowds, leaving Tuolumne Meadows Lodge just after sunrise for the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead. Lower Cathedral Lake via John Muir Trail. It was not yet open for the season. Strenuous day hike: Access: 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. Looking down from the ridge, you start to get a view of the expanse of Yosemite stretching into the distance – and directly below a weird landscape that looks like millions of shattered pieces of granite piled haphazardly on top of one another. Be prepared with a map, plenty of water, and whatever you will be comfortable spending the night in should things not go as planned. There’s one tent up neat the track, while the previous lake had a cluster of tents at the northern end. The trailhead begins at Tenaya Lake at the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead. With head-torch on, I’m soon back at the junction with the Clouds Rest Trail. Sunday 9/9/18 (8.8 miles, 1600 feet gain):Â With no alarms set, we naturally awoke early to a very brisk morning.Â It took some time for the sun to make its way to us, but man were we thankful when it did.Â It’s amazing how wonderful the sun feels first thing in the morning.Â With a quick warm breakfast, and some basic tidying behind us, by 8:15am we were back on the trail with day packs headed to Clouds Rest.Â The trek back up to the landingÂ andÂ trail junctions was done in quick fashion.Â Opting for the Pro Tip detour, we first set off to enjoy the spectacular canyon view.Â Despite the numerous small fires, the view of Tenaya Canyon, Half Dome and even Clouds Rest was clear.Â From there, we continued on the Clouds Rest Trail down. There expansive view over the partk, with Yosemite Valley stretching to the south as far as the eye can see. Moral of the story…. There’s no path or signage from here – but none is needed. This is right off of Higway 120/Tioga Road between Olmstead Point and Tenaya Lake. June through October (when Tioga Road is open). From the landing to Clouds Rest, you will travel about 4 miles with water found this time of yearÂ around 1.5 miles (unnamed pond/lake) and 2.25 miles (very small “creek”).Â A filter is needed for both.Â Initially the trail descends quickly on a rocky trail so be mindful this will be an uphill climb on the return trip.Â For a bit after thatÂ you will meander through a bit of a valley, with slight undulations,Â on tree-lined trails with enjoyable views.Â Honestly speaking, the trail throughout is a great variety of terrain…. Trailhead: Tenaya Lake West (Sunrise) Trailhead Elevation: 8150. The sunrise lakes trail to Cloud's rest is 12 miles round trip, I think. I think it’s fairly obvious. There are two ways to get to the summit of Clouds Rest: A 7.2-mile hike from Tioga Pass Road via the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead or a 9.4-mile hike from Happy Isles by way of Little Yosemite Valley. Saturday 9/8/18 (3.5 miles, 1132 feet gain):Â Man did we feel lucky by the clear skies and warm weather predicted in Yosemite.Â Hard to tell, initially, as we left home at 4:30am in total darkness.Â With this departure time, we made it to the Big Oak Flat Ranger station at 8:00am to pick up our permits.Â For those who don’t know, permits are required to camp in the back Country of Yosemite.Â Despite our being there at 8:00am, we were still #3 in line with others before us hoping to score available permits that day.Â While understandable, I was terribly disappointed to learn Yosemite has a current ban on all camp fires.Â It seems the 10 recent lightening strike fires are keeping them plenty busy.Â Guess I brought the marshmellows for nothing.Â We were back on the road around 8:30am and ready to roll at the Sunrise Lake Trailhead (near Tenaya Lake) at 9:30am. 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. Next hike to the bottom Cloud's Rest (get water on the way), and find a camping spot. There’s some enormous western white pines – most of them alive, except for the occasional “ghost” of a tree that’s been hit by lightning. Answer 1 of 12: Hi, I'm going to yosemite for 5-6 nights in August. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. (It’s a hard decision… it would have been a great spot for an extended break to see the changing colours of the distant peaks as the sun sets – but I’ve still got five miles to go.) Change ). After about an hour of down time, we retraced our steps and made our way back to camp. My permit begins at Tolumne meadows, and I plan to camp at Glen Aulin the 1st night. Behold: an endless mid-angle slab climb of truly epic proportions! The of the first part of my journey is almost over, as I reach the base of the summit. ... via John Muir Trail. After taking a few photos and responding to a few urgent emails (it’s the first time I’ve had mobile reception since I arrived at the park), I continue down the southern end of Clouds Rest. The track follows the edge of the lake, and after taking a few photos I continue to see what photo opportunities the next two lakes offer…. There are sweeping views as you ascend, but it’s not at all like many descriptions suggest. Sunrise Lakes Trailhead â Off Tioga Road The Climb The Views make it worth it More Climb The âlandingâ or Trailhead junction. And now you have a downhill followed by some rolling terrain. 4. 2. 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