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blueBlack Clouds Rest Trail

Trail

9.2 mile 14.9 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,974' 602 m
Descent: -2,908' -886 m
High: 9,789' 2,984 m
Low: 7,232' 2,204 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)

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Trail shared by Paul Lukacovic

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

Paul Lukacovic

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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 26, 2018
Marc Daniel
With Roy Furstner
Jul 12, 2018
Stephen Hicks
Jul 7, 2018
Rodney Hittle
Jun 4, 2018
Amanda Edwards
Sep 30, 2017
Sankar Krishnan
Day hike
Aug 5, 2017
Martin C
Beautiful views. Top 3 Yosemite trails. 6mi
Aug 18, 2016
Suzie Dershowitz
Aug 18, 2016
Manoj Balakrishnan

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in California

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