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Clouds Rest in Yosemite

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Best time: June–October

Clouds Rest
Clouds Rest
Clouds Rest
Clouds Rest

Clouds Rest is a mountain located in Yosemite National Park, northeast of Yosemite Village. The main advantage of Clouds Rest is its proximity to the valley and great 360-degree views of the park. Clouds Rest has a thin peak formed as the result of erosion with the height of 9,926 feet (3,025 m).

The main trail to the summit is 7.2-mile (11.6 km) long. It starts from Tioga Pass Road. Another option is a 9.4-mile (15.1 km) trail from Happy Isles through Little Yosemite Valley. Clouds Rest Trail from Tioga Road that is open from June to October features elevation gain of 1,775 feet (540 meters). If you can see the snow on the top of the mountain, then it's better to postpone your hike until it melts.

From the top of the mountain, you'll be able to see such Yosemite landmarks as Tenaya Lake, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, North Dome, El Capitan, Merced Lake and much more.

Practical info

When should the hike up Clouds Rest in Yosemite be done?

If you're planning a hike up Clouds Rest in Yosemite, it's best to do it between June to October. The trail is open during these months, and the weather is generally clear, making for warm and sunny days. However, if you choose to hike outside of this period, it's essential to note that the snow at the top can present some unique challenges, and it is better to postpone the hike until the snow has completely melted. Show more

What is the starting point for the hike up Clouds Rest trail?

The hike up Clouds Rest in Yosemite has two starting points. One is a 7.2-mile trail from Tioga Pass Road, while the other is a 9.4-mile trail from Happy Isles through Little Yosemite Valley. The Tioga Road starting point for the Clouds Rest trail is about 1.5miles from Tenaya Lake, and the trailhead is marked. Parking is also provided for hikers. Show more

How intense is the elevation gain on the hike up Clouds Rest?

Over the 7.2 miles on the Clouds Rest trail from Tioga Road, hikers can expect to make an elevation gain of 1,775 feet (540 meters). It could be an intense hike, but it is doable because of the moderate grade and the well-defined trail. Hikers should, however, use hiking poles for some parts of the trail, and the entire hike could take about seven hours to complete. Show more

What can be seen from the top of Clouds Rest?

Clouds Rest offers stunning panoramic views of several Yosemite landmarks like North Dome, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tenaya Lake, and even Yosemite Valley. From the summit, hikers can get a bird's-eye view of the magnificent Yosemite Valley that is surrounded by high cliffs of the Sierra Nevada range. Although the hike is challenging, the breathtaking views from the top make it all worth it. Show more

What safety measures should be taken when hiking up Clouds Rest in Yosemite?

A hike up Clouds Rest in Yosemite demands excellent physical fitness and preparation. Some parts of the trail often expose hikers to cliffs and steep drop-offs. Proper preparation includes carrying enough water, food, sunscreen, and insect repellent, as well as having the right gear, such as sturdy hiking boots with good traction and using hiking poles. Hikers are also advised to never hike alone and always follow trail guidelines and safety tips. Show more

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