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Clouds Rest Trail

 13 votes

9.2 Miles 14.9 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,974' 602 m

Ascent

-2,908' -886 m

Descent

9,789' 2,984 m

High

7,232' 2,204 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Unknown

Update

This appropriately named trail is a special "must do" iconic Yosemite journey.

Paul Lukacovic

Overview

Features: Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

Leaving the west end of Tenaya Lake, the trail winds its way through forests and rocks before it starts the steep (at times stair step) climb. Make sure you have plenty of water for the whole route because the only reliable water source is a lake at 3.1 miles. At higher elevations the forest is less dense and much dryer with views of distant peaks.

The high point is at 5.8 miles. At this stage, you'll be traveling over an exposed narrow fin of granite, which might give some visitors a feeling of vertigo. From here you command a 360 degree view with Tenaya Canyon falling away to the West, Yosemite Valley below, and a fantastic angle for viewing Half Dome. The Cathedral Range and Clark Range create a breathtaking skyline to the East and South.

Continuing South, the trail drops along a series of steep stairs (think of stairs leading into Mordor) and then steep trail before connecting to the John Muir Trail a little East of the Half Dome Trail.

Park at the West end of Tenaya Lake or better yet park in the Tuolumne area and take the free shuttle in summer.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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Aug 5, 2017
Martin C
Beautiful views. Top 3 Yosemite trails. 6mi
Aug 18, 2016
Suzie Dershowitz
Aug 18, 2016
Manoj Balakrishnan
Aug 12, 2016
Matthew Black
14.2mi — 6h 42m
Aug 5, 2016
Dan Glynn
14.4mi
Jul 23, 2016
Gilberto Pelayo
14mi — 7h 00m
Jul 22, 2016
Mig Montanez
Jun 14, 2016
Ethan Bratt
14h 01m

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  4.9 from 13 votes

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