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This was my first hike! It was beautiful, peaceful, quiet. Definitely made me fall in love with hiking and solidified the reason I moved to Arizona. It rained a bit, but it was still so much fun and an amazing first experience.

i loved the view from the top, it’s panoramic 360° and you get an amazing view of half dome
and a river, don’t underestimate the hike, took us, three 19 year olds, 4 hours to the top and 3 hours to go down, lots of ascent and descents, suggest arrive at yosemite area the day before you plan your hike, we ended up hiking down in the dark, still very much worth the view, strenuous, saw barely anyone and those we came across were very friendly, bring LOTS of water, wouldn’t suggest as a family hike, the last 100 meters or so is very narrow and could be dangerous for younger hikers

Great hike. moderately easy. The first half of the trail is not as interesting, (if you park in the main parking lot and walk, it is a ways until you get to the trailhead.) However if you have a 4x4 vehicle - you can enter the dirt path from the parking lot and drive up some to the trailhead and park- it will save you 30 minutes of not a lot of excitement before you get to this amazing hike. Views are stunning at the top. Cheers!

@mathew Bostick- how do you know they’re not locals? You’d have to go everyday to that tourist attraction to decide wether or not they’re tourist. Are you from that trail? Born and raised on that trail?

Incredibly beautiful with great photo ops along the way and especially in the bridge itself! Moderate level, took us a total of 2 hours from parking lot to trailhead to bridge and back. (It was also lightly raining so that may have affected our time).

Estimates on signs and alltrails are a bit off. This trail clocks in at a little over 13 miles RT. The views are amazing, one of the best views of the Yosemite Valley. Can't beat it!

We did it Friday, 9/21 after winning the lottery permit drawing. It was bit cold and challenging but rewarding. Beautiful landscapes inside the canyons.

Just over an hour up and down. the temperature was cool with a little rain so that probably helped a lot, I can't imagine how hot it must get when the temperature is high!
On the way down, we went left - Templeton to Baldwin Loop and it turned into an 11 km hike and a great day in the beautiful mountains of Sedona! highly recommend this hike!

hiking
2 days ago

Did this hike to the end of the trail - we are 50+ and probably only in average physical shape!
What a view, totally worth the huffing and puffing!
This is one of the most spectacular views and a great reward for your labor.
Just do it!

I found it too tough for my fitness level. i was starting to give up after 2.2 miles itself but with lots of rest, water, refreshments and convincing myself to keep going, I did finish the trail. The view was so rewarding. It's hard to describe the beauty of Clouds Rest summit in words. There was lots of elevation gain. At the point where Clouds Rest main part of the trail to summit begins, it's all walking on huge rocks which is open from both sides and the entire valley is visible (quite scary for me as I am afraid of heights). But the rocks are great and firm, not slippery at all. One can just keep walking on them. If you get scared once you reach close to the summit, I would suggest to just keep walking, don't look down or to the sides, just keep walking straight.
We did the hike on 13th October and started at around 7 (it was sub zero temperature) and it took me 5 hours to reach the summit (I was the slowest among my friends who did it in less than 4.5 hours). Coming down was relatively a bit easier and took around 3 hours for me (again the slowest). It was a proud moment that i finished this hike. The weather was great for most part of the hike (except the chilly first hour).

Did this in one day and was amazing. However I recommend taking your time and doing it in two days.

hiking
3 days ago

Wonderful hike back into small, beautiful lakes. recommend taking the southern side (on the right as you look at the lake from the trailhead parking lot) around Saddlebag lake as the northern side is very rocky and hard on dogs paws.

hiking
4 days ago

Got lost! Never made it! No idea why we couldn't find it. One day I hope to return and see it.

Great hike ! Beautiful views - moderate level

Great hike but not dog friendly unless you have a hardness. Our lab is a great hiker but steep slick rocks are impassable for dogs

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty straight forward hike. You can drive down dry creek rd to the trailhead if you want to shorten the hike and get more time for other things. Not strenuous. Very cool views at the end and of course you need to walk across the bridge. Rock/stairs at end can be slippery so be careful.

My brother & I hiked this trail and it was yet another GREAT and WORTHY hike for sure.
There are some pretty AWESOME views on the way to the ASTOUNDING looking waterfall and is also a very good hike because the journey back has different views and is a different cool trail because it's a loop hike.

P.S. There are some GNARLY potholes on the way to the parking spot but as long as your aware of how and where your driving even a compact car like mine is able to make it without damaging your vehicle.

Did this hike on October 13th. It took us 7.5 hours to complete the hike with an hour on top for lunch. We started the hike at 8:30AM and reached the top by 12PM. The weather was chilly when we started but as the day progressed, it was perfect hiking weather. Sunny but not hot.Also there's a good balance of ascent and flat ground to recover on this hike. There's one big ascent that happens a couple of miles into the hike. After this there's a descent and then flat ground for a while. Then comes 2.5 miles of elevation gain to reach the top. Thought the final climb would be scary but it is not as treacherous as it seems from pictures. Not a cloud visible and stunning views from the top. Didn't find a lot of bugs on the hike. Descending was harder than the ascent as we hadn't carried hiking poles. Maybe that would have reduced the strain on our knees. Overall an amazing experience.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike and fairly easy. Ramona falls is gorgeous and a lot bigger that expected. Highly recommended.

Beautiful hike with even better views! The trail was very busy when we went around 10:00 am. The trail was more difficult than I expected but worth it once you get to the bridge. There is some climbing involved but my dog didn’t have a problem with it.

Worthwhile hike. Couple in mid sixties, experienced hikers. We started at 7:30 am Saturday to beat crowds. We saw about 8 other hikers, all friendly.

The natural bridge is all that other reviewers have described. It is at least 8 feet wide at the narrowest and even those with vertigo should not worry. Just use common sense. We were back down to the trailhead by 9:30. The trail was getting very crowded by then.

We drove the VERY rocky road up from the highway. Our Subaru Outback handled it, but be careful that you have at least 8 inches ground clearance for your vehicle.

hiking
6 days ago

Well traveled trail, solid payoff and great morning hike

kids loved it :)

Great drive to the trail head in the JLU and the hike from there was about an hour round trip! Great views!!!

Outstanding hike & epic views. Be sure to set your intentions before your hike . Apparently the vortex energy balances oneself . We started at Crescent moon park . Approximately 8.1 miles . Not too difficult but be sure to wear a trail runner or a shoe with good tread to prevent slippage when climbing near the peak ! Sooooo fun !!!!!

Best hike I've ever been on

A must to see

This was our best hike in Yosemite, for the non climbers it’s as rewarding as it gets.

For people leaving reviews saying it is very easy, I am guessing they are either extremely fit or didn’t do the whole trail. Many people we saw on the way in stopped at the initial dome/clearing and went back. It is not extremely clear and no sign denotes north dome that I saw, but make sure to keep going to the actual end dome.

It is deceptive after you get to the initial dome, from there you need to hike down to a little valley, and then ultimately go up again to get to the actual north dome. Going back up is what made the hike somewhat hard and definitely not a stroll in the park like some people have posted. Again if you just did the initial dome, yes it is easy.

Hiked this in late June. Still plenty of snow on the peaks and in the shadows then. Definitely go past the sign for a killer view of Mono Lake.

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