Planned on a 3 day backpacking trip. Did the trip as a shuttle ride from the Valley to Tuolumne. Started at Tenaya Lake around 1pm. Reached summit with heavy packs at 6pm. Not great views due to the smoke from the parks fires. Still a great view. About 10 people were planing on spending the night on the summitt. We headed down to Sunrise Creek for a night full of bear visits. A canister is MANDATORY.
It was nice to look at Half Dome from the other direction for once. Tenaya Canyon is awesome from the top of this peak.
Good place to eat lunch
This is a good warm-up hike, could easily be a trail run. Hazy day, so the view from the top was not that impressive.
This is a very nice day hike. It has excellent views of the entire Yosemite valley and also offers 360 degree views of everything else, as well. Note, that it is a bit on the long side and there's a decent amount of climbing, so make sure you start early, have food/water, and are ready for a good workout.
The hike and the summit experience are great with very little crowds, just the right amount of folks to chat if you wish. The trail is initially a good climb from Tenaya lake as you definitely warm up with steep steps up. After this, it's mostly gentle climbing all the way up to the summit.
Since Cloud's Rest is actually a ridge line, the top can be pretty exhilirating as you climb the last 100 feet or so and look to drop-offs on either side of you going thousands of feet below! It's not very dangerous as the ridge is at least 10-15 ft wide in most spots, but especially since you're high up at over 10,000', the wind can make it very interesting :)
At the summit, there's actually a good bit of room to lie down, get out of the wind, and just enjoy the absolute quiet, listen to the wind, soak up the sun, and enjoy some snacks. Very pleasant experience, try it!
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