Yosemite National Park: Clouds Rest

Hike: Clouds Rest
Where: Yosemite National Park
Trailhead: Tenaya Lake/Sunrise
Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Length: 14.5 miles out and back
Gear: Arc’teryx Motus Long Sleeve, Outdoor Research Turbine Shorts, Boreas Topaz 25, Triple Aught Design Artemis Hoodie, Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX, and Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles
Cost of Parking: Free

A friend invited me along on a birthday camping trip this past weekend. The itinerary? Lots of relaxation and Clouds Rest! Clouds Rest is one of those trails that’s been on my lists forever, but I’ve somehow managed to spend very little time in Yosemite the past few years aside from two Half Dome trips.

If you’ve done Half Dome before, Clouds Rest will be a piece of cake. The trail is primarily flat with two sections of real elevation gain: switchbacks a mile and a half in and on the last 1.8 miles of the trail to the summit. The scariest part of the trail involves crossing a three foot wide narrow ridge to get 360 views of Yosemite National Park.

Some say this view beats that of Half Dome, I say it’s just a different, and less dangerous, perspective. Either way though, it’s a trail with a view that can’t be missed. Hikes during the day will be super crowded. Next time, I’ll be catching the sunrise from the top.

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