This was one of my most memorable wilderness trips! The Sierra had just recieved its first big snow storm of the winter a few days before our departure. A friend & myself had already taken the time off work, & the weather was supposed to be stable, but cool, so we decided to go for it! Needless to say a map & compass came in real handy on this trip. Our first night was spent on a granite bench 10ft. above the ground, which was free of snow & dry, near Sunrise Lakes. After two days of waddling in knee deep snow, we arrived on the summit of Clouds Rest. We found a fairly flat, but small place to pitch our tent, then preceeded to collect water & eat. After all the chores were done, we sat back & enjoyed the 360 degree views of the Yosemite high country. While watching an awesome sunset, we enjoyed a couple of stogies!
Really nice view. Walked up and back in 4.5 hours.
A nice day hike to a smaller, less-crowded summit than Half Dome, but with splendid views of the valley. Beautiful weather and views the day I went. A trip report and photo gallery are available here. Don't forget to stop and view Clouds Rest from Olmstead Point on SR-120.
Lots of folks, lots of mosquitoes, but this is a great outing regardless of mitigating circumstances.
trip report is here