Clouds Rest Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,974' 602 m
Descent: -2,908' -886 m
High: 9,789' 2,984 m
Low: 7,232' 2,204 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)
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“This appropriately named trail is a special "must do" iconic Yosemite journey.”— Paul Lukacovic
The high point is at 5.8 miles. At this stage, you'll be traveling over an exposed narrow fin of granite, which might give some visitors a feeling of vertigo. From here you command a 360 degree view with Tenaya Canyon falling away to the West, Yosemite Valley below, and a fantastic angle for viewing Half Dome. The Cathedral Range and Clark Range create a breathtaking skyline to the East and South.
Continuing South, the trail drops along a series of steep stairs (think of stairs leading into Mordor) and then steep trail before connecting to the John Muir Trail a little East of the Half Dome Trail.
Park at the West end of Tenaya Lake or better yet park in the Tuolumne area and take the free shuttle in summer.
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