Cloud’s Rest, 360° view of Yosemite


My 15 year old son, Arnav insisted that we do Cloud’s rest as a family hike and he assured that we all would love it! He had done that hike twice before he did it again with us- as a family.

This hike makes it to the top of my `Yosemite favorites list’ along with the Panorama Trail to the Glacier Point. Cloud’s rest sits next to the Half Dome, just to a north of it. The summit is actually higher then the Half Dome (9926′ vs 8842′). Almost everyone who has done both the hikes will agree that this one offers better views then the Half Dome!

Trailhead: Sunset Lakes, on Tioga Road (hwy 120)

Distance: 14.5 miles out and back

Highest Point: 9926′

Elevation Gain: 1776′

We decided to do this as a day hike, which means we drove four hours to the trail head and started the hike around 9am. The trail starts off with a gradual slope but it quickly gets steeper after about 1.5 miles. Steep climb continues for another mile and a half where you reach a point overlooking Tanaya Canyons. This is the most difficult climb of the day. Rest of the hike involves some downhill and gradual uphills until you reach to the last quarter-mile section called `spine’. This is a narrow ridge takes you up to the summit.

Rewards at the summit includes 360 degrees panoramic views of the entire Yosemite Valley. Many of the famous landmarks of the Yosemite National Park are visible from the summit- such as Half Dome, Mount Dana, Glacier Point, El Capitan, Sentinel Dome, Tanaya Lake and many more..

If you are looking for an epic day hike in the Yosemite, this will not disappoint!

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