The first 100 yards of trail was a foot under water. The route up the ridge was a snowy waterfall. The right sole of my abused old boots fell off as I reached the top. But it was the top, AND LIFE WAS GOOD. A little medical tape 'saved my sole' on the way down.
Hiked up from Tenaya Lake on a beautiful fall day. Other than two guys I met on the summit who came up from Happy Isles, I didn't see anyone else all day.
A 14-mile day trip.
We took our time. Just over 11 hours from trailhead to trailhead. Really great view from the summit. I cannot believe how squeamish people are when it comes to walking along the summit ridge. Even my two hiking buddies were really freaked out about it.
Climbed as part of Sierra Club backpack. Started from Tuolomne, spent first night at Nelson Lake, then cross country to Sunrise Lake (first lake) for overnight. Then 3rd day, day hike to summit Clouds Rest. 4th day hiked out to Tenaya Lake and took shuttle back to car. Wonderful view, although was lots of smoke in the air from fires near Santa Barbara.
Sure the trail up to half dome is beautiful and the summit is legendary, but Clouds Rest imho has better views and a lot less crowds making this my favorite between the two.
Nice long walk. Amazing views, as others have said. Didn't see too many people along the trail on the way up (saw more on the way back), though the summit had a decent crowd of overnighters and such.
First day of a two day backpacking trip. Views are amazing. Crowded on the summit.
I think this summit is actually more scenic than Half Dome! The hike is dramatic, on the narrow ridgeline you look down the deep canyon and can see for hundreds of miles on a clear day. You can hit both CR and HD on a comforable overnight from Tenaya Lake down to Happy Isles. Well worth it.
but a little hazy. None-the-less, the best views of the valley.
Went up Clouds Rest for early morning light from Tenaya lake. Spectacular!
Part of a 2-night backpacking trip (Echo Valley 1st night, Little Yosemite 2nd night). Fantastic views of everything in Yosemite from the summit on this perfect day. Took a nap on the summit, then did some scrambling on the pinnacles before heading down.
Hiked in from Tenaya Lake. Did the round trip in 5 1/2 hrs. Fast and light. Good weather at the top.
Beautiful view with lots of wind. It was part of our training for Whitney and I had on my new shoes (not a good way to break it in). The view was much nicer than the crowded Half Dome.
better view than half dome.
From Tenaya Lake, summited Clouds Rest and then continued on to Half Dome the next night. The best views in the valley!
hiked up to little yosemite, camped a night, left at 6:15 am in the morning to do clouds rest, saw the sunrise, made the top by 9:00. beautiful views, at all the angles. you can see just about everything. left the top around 9:20am, then hiked to half dome via the trail (JMT), and made the top of half dome at 11:20am. beautiful views as well, not as good as clouds rest, tons of peeps on the summit. on the way down, ran out of water, drink right out of the stream, hiked down to happy isles, and got back at 3ish.
This is some of the best summit views in the park.
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My 1st Sierra peak done as part of a loop trip from Sunrise Lakes trail. It was a long time ago but remember that the views were great.
I think I like this "top" better that half dome.