Beautiful hike and some of the best views around! We left pretty early and we're glad we did, because we saw lots of traffic heading up on the way back.
Fun hike with my brother Brian to an impressive viewpoint. Saw evidence of a huge flash flood the day before that required several people to be rescued - wow! The meadows and creeks were unusually wet for July. We hiked fast due to a late start, but were still up and back in a little over 5 hours, leaving time for a refreshing swim in Tanaya Lake.
A bit warm but otherwise a great day, It was very crowded at the summit. There musty have been two dozen people up there. There were also quite a few backpackers along the way, including a group of 6 from London who left the day after the bombing and wondered if they were going to get their Yosemite trip in, Most were headed for Sunrise Lakes.
Watch for the mosquitos! Some route finding had to be done as there was lots of snow on route. Fresh bear prints also seen. Greatest views of the valley. Comparable to Inspiration Point on the other end.
Beautiful, remote spot with views over Half Dome. Only passed a couple other climbers the whole time. Beautiful weather.
We started from the Little Yosemite campground after hiking to Half Dome the day before. Heading to the summit and all the way back to the car made for about 16 miles, but it was a very nice hike. We saw a baby rattler on the way up, but fortunately it didn't seem to mind our presence.
Hiked from Sunrise lakes with my wife we had a wonderful nap up there before returning to our camp that afternoon.
Started around 10:30am from Happy Isles and reached the summit by 4:30pm. Would have made it faster ,but up towards the top there was snow. Enjoyed the views of all the snow caps ,then left about 5:00pm making it back to Happy Isles by 8:30pm. I liked the hike better then half-dome.
I was a little concerned about climbing Cloud's Rest, since the Tuolumne hiking guide said that it is not one for the "acrophobis", which I considered myself to be at the time. But man, there is nothing like a shweeping wave of granite to make you forget about all those piddling human concerns. What a great peak.
A little rain, beautiful views, good company.
Part of a five day backpacking trip
Great views, an excellent addition to any hike.
another enjoyable run in Yosemite. great views
I finished my 2004 trip to the Sierra's with an overnight bivi at Clouds Rest. What a spectacular night!
Easy hike with a good view of the valley. The initial section was a little steep but not very long. What bummed me out was the loss of hard gained elevation afterwards. Reached the summit in about 3 hrs. Had lunch at the peak with fellow hikers and a domesticated chipmunk.
Hiked with William Felten, Gil & Eve. We started from Happy Isles at 9:45am. I hiked at their pace. We had lunch at noon near Little Yosemite Valley and rested there for almost an hour. From there, they slowed down, so at the junction with the Half Dome trail and JMT trail I told them I'd go at my own pace. Higher up (at approx 8200'), great views opened up with the Clark Range dominating the southern horizon. I got to the top at 3:20pm. Twenty-five minutes later Will arrived at the top but Gil & Eve had turned around lower down. We had dark clouds on top but no thunder to be heard; regardless, Will and I both left the top ten minutes after Will had arrived at the summit. We were back at Happy Isles by 7:50pm.
Surprisingly not too crowded once past the first few miles until the junction to the Half dome trail. There are also two virtual geocaches on Cloud's Rest.
Second visit to this summit. A great trail with a fun group of people.
A pretty long hike from what I remember. It is marginally harder then Half Dome, but the view is not quite as astounding. Hiking it is a good option for those who have already been up Half Dome and are looking for something different
Started at Tenaya Lake trailhead at 7 am and headed out with bpgbennett towards Clouds Rest. Reached the top at 10 am. Very few people and wonderful views of, well, everything. We then headed out to summit Half Dome on our 12 hour, 21 mile traverse to the Valley floor.