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.
Another great day in the Yosemite backcountry. Views of Half Dome and the valley are worth the hike. Lots of people - though not near as many as on Half Dome.
Climbed with Annette and friends. Started at about 10am at Sunrise Trailhead, summitted about 4pm. We were carrying packs for an overnight stay, so not a bad dayhike. Some afternoon clouds, but generally great weather the entire weekend (I recommend earlier in the day summits for best un-clouded views).
Started at 11am. Return around 7pm. Very pleasant. Good few. A bit hazy from smoke (wild fire).
climbed with tsteine.
took slightly more than 7hrs on the way up and 4.5 hrs down. grand view of half dome and the valley and the surrounding ranges. above 9000 feet, (beyond the switchbacks) snow persist, snowshoe came in handy.
other than a few backcountry campers on our way up and a few pple on our way down near nevada falls, we didn't run into anybody. Nice spring sunday for some solitude in Yosemite, along a trail that would have been crowded during summer.
We started from the valley at 6 am and reached the summit ridge at about noon, where it was very helpful to have snowshoes. We summited at 1:30 pm and were rewarded with a fantastic view. Back by 6:30 pm
Started at camp near the Half Dome trail. Only saw a few persons the entire day. Magnificent view! Not bad for a first trip into the park.
A nice easy hike with Scott and Gina. Great views of Half Dome for their first summit. That's tough to beat.
This was a surprise. We planned just a casual day if hiking up from Tenaya lake, then returning by the same route. We left at 11:00am in the morning and reached the summit by 1:30pm.
Then we got the bright idea to head down to the Valley in time to catch the 5:00pm shuttle. This meant a lot of downhill running, but we hit the shuttle at 4:20pm. So a total of 17 miles in 5.3 hours is a new record for us. Needless to say, the next day was spent lounging around the lake.
I went with my two nephews and their friend. We had a blast! The summit has a 5 star view.
I've dayhiked this a couple of times from the valley. The first time (Sep 8, '02), I included both Half Dome and Clouds Rest out of Happy Isles, returning via Sunrise Creek. I enjoyed Clouds Rest more than Half Dome. The second time, I came back in early spring, 2004 (Mar 21, '04)--a very fun outing (although without Half Dome this time). Snow was patchy above 7000', with snowshoes needed by about 9000' or so. Views are absolutely breathtaking at this time of year. With the abundant snow and no cloud in sight, I pretty much cooked up there...
I came back yet another time to hike it from Tioga Road, this time on Aug 28, '05. After climbing Pettit and Volunteer the day before and trying to sleep in my car at the Mono Lake vista point (this didn't work too well--I got back too late for dinner and was too hungry to be able to sleep), I met up with a friend to introduce him to breakfast at the Whoa Nellie and the Yosemite high country. Clouds Rest seemed the best choice for an easy hike with fantastic summit views. Absolutely clear day with perfect views in all directions. This was my third or fourth visit to the peak, and the view still amazes me every time.
backpacked from half dome over summit to tenaya lake. you are no longer allowed to camp on half dome summit.
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!