Cloud's Rest, Yosemite National Park

Clouds Rest is a mountain in Yosemite National Park east northeast of Yosemite Village, California. Although there are many peaks in the park having far greater elevation, Clouds Rest's proximity to the valley gives it a very high degree of visual prominence.
The summit can be reached by a 7.2mi trail hike from Tioga Pass Road or a 9.4mi trail hike from Happy Isles by way of Little Yosemite Valley. There are also several technical routes available.
Clouds Rest is an arête, a thin, almost knife-like, ridge of rock formed when glaciers eroded away solid rock to form Tenaya Canyon and Little Yosemite Valley. The northwest face, mostly solid granite, rises 5000ft above Tenaya Creek.
Lafayette H. Bunnell, a medical doctor with the Mariposa Battalion, notes that his party named the summit Clouds Rest because they returned to camp to avoid a snow storm after seeing "the clouds rapidly settling down to rest upon that mountain."
There are three main ways to access the summit of Cloud’s Rest; via the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead off of CA-120 ; via the Happy Isles Trailhead in Yosemite Valley ; or via the Northwest Face of the mountain. The Sunrise Lakes Trail is a round trip hike of that begins at an elevation of and gains over to reach the summit at. The summit has wide-ranging 360-degree panoramic views.
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  • This hike is worth doing because if the views. It's a moderate hike if you start from Little Yosemite camping. The last bit is fun going across a narrow ridge. The panoramic view of snow covered...  more »
  • I loved this backpacking trip! Stayed at Sunrise Lakes after hiking to Clouds Rest. Moderate hike. Very beautiful from the top of Clouds Rest!!  more »
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  • Amazing views and few people. Get here early and avoid the rush!!! COYW!!!!
  • I suggest waiting to pass is open unless you’re ready for 27 mile hike!

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