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Amazing hike! A must do!

Amazing, challenging hike with breathtaking views of the valley from Cloud's Rest. The climb at the beginning is a bit of a gut buster and I had a little trouble following the trail when I got to one of the boulder fields on the way up, but not on the way down. The reason to do this hike, though, is for the final half mile or so up the narrow spine of rock to Cloud's Rest, with a 2,000+ foot drop on either side of a trail just a few feet wide. Once at the peak, it is pretty incredible to look down upon Half Dome and Yosemite Valley.

The most rewarding part is the last half mile! Really gets your heart going and the view was phenomenal. Cell service was also surprisingly great since I was able to facetime my parents at the top lol

The best hike I've done in a long time. the views were absolutely incredible. The elevation gain isnt bad and the hike is just long enough for a nice full day of hiking.

Hands down one of the best hikes in Yosemite. I’ve done everything in the valley floor and driving up out of the valley to do this hike is absolutely worth it.

on Mount Hoffman Trail

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked Mt Hoffman on Nov 19. No snow at the summit but very chilly and windy. We did encounter some smoke from the controlled burn underway off of Tioga Rd but once you were above May Lake it was not a problem. The trail is easy from the parking lot to May Lake. From there to the summit the trail goes to the south side of the lake then turns south away from the lake for a stretch before it turns up towards the west and the summit. It is not marked but relatively easy to follow. There are some rock cairns to guide you. This last stretch is the most difficult as far as the elevation gain. The views back toward Clouds Rest and Half Dome are spectacular !
We will do it again in a warmer month, probably September.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, had the peak all to myself, only ran into a few people all day, mostly down by the lake. Once you're at the peak, there's a few fun rock structures to climb around on. It was very interesting to find so many potholes in the rocks at this elevation.

View to the valley was hazy due to smoke, but looking East was nice and clear.

hiking
1 month ago

Despite haze from management fires and wildfires, the views from the summit were expansive and gorgeous. The use trail is easy to follow; the last section before the summit is steep and slabby so be careful. The November environment was so interesting - the weather was cold enough that creeks and lakes had frozen but there was no snow on the ground.

Gorgeous views at the end and at Clouds Rest. Went on a Wed in November and only saw 5 people.

Took less than 7 hours excluding lunch. I’m fit but not in hiking at altitude shape.
-4 hours up and i took lots of mini breaks.
-2.5 hours down without stopping.

Decent AT&T reception at a couple of spots on the way. Solid reception at Clouds Rest.

as of today no snow. great views. took 5 hrs and 45 minutes round trip. highly recommend the hike

Nice hike, a little Smokey from a controlled burn nearby but a beautiful day. Great views of Half Dome, the valley and surrounding mountain ranges. Indian rock was worth the short hike and also had some nice views from the arch. The hike is moderate to hard for beginners and very easy for the young lady that jogged by us not once, but three times while on the trail, amazingly fit...

Not much to see on the way there...nothing spectacular BUT when you get to Cloud's Rest, it's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Views are amazing. We had lunch at the top. It was so nice.

Well worth the drive!!!! Loved it!

Easy. Done it several times. Beautiful.

Awesome hike. The beginning is the hardest part. Once you get over the first peak the rest is easy. Takes a while and is pretty cold. My friends and I climbed it as our first mountain and did it in under 6h.

Clouds Rest - what can I say. One of the most rewarding hikes I’ve ever done. The trail starts off very bland, hiking through a Forrest with standard views. The last kilometre though is special!

I agree with the below - as someone who is afraid of heights, the spine is not as scary as expected. The path is wide and has margin for error. If you are afraid, persevere. Take one step at a time, and before you know it, you’ll reach one of the best views Yosemite has to offer!

I’d also recommend:
1) leaving the trailhead before 9am. The trail is popular and leaving later means that you’ll be stuck at the top with quite a few people.
2) bring plenty of water. As of October 31, there is no real water stream to drink from.
3) bring layers. It was -2 degree Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenheit) at the trailhead at 9am.
4) don’t underestimate this hike! I saw a few people on the trail who were really struggling. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time and bring the proper gear (food, water, hiking shoes).

I hiked this trail today and it took me about 7hrs total. There is a little bit of climbing, switchbacks, and some scenery and of course the 360 view from the top. I still prefer the Half Dome Trail as it offers a lot more.

Bring at least a liter of water per person! This is not an easy hike and it took us about 5 hours to complete including a lunch break. Crossed paths with many hikers who either didn’t have water or brought a single 500 ml bottle.

The first 2/3 of the hike is through a nice shady woodland, but the real payoff is emerging from the woods and seeing the Valley below you. I did lose the trail at one point trying to get to the Dome, but retrace your steps to the sign and there will be a few switchbacks along the rock wall that get you down to the path that leads to North Dome. The views are mesmerizing from North Dome—bring lunch and plan for at least 30 minutes there.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! I live at sea level so As my first day at elevation I felt it a little on the way up. It’s beautiful and I will do this hike again. From what I understand you can hike another mile to an old mining town.

generally: moderate trail near campground, trail itself is ok, rocky/dusty with numerous switchbacks; trail is mostly about the destination of the lake which is beautiful, large lake, perfect for swimming in summer
fairly busy in the summer

generally: popular hike given destination with panoramic views of half dome and yosemite valley; most of the hike is in the woods with numerous switchbacks, not too much scenery in particular along the way
trailhead: at tenaya lake, go left over the bridge to get to trailhead, plenty of parking along road if not in lot
very busy trail, decent elevation gain and distance, took several hours

Exceptionnel! Vue incroyable ! Environ 7h de hiking en incluant une pause dîner au sommet . Le début est le plus difficile et ensuite c’est un niveau plus modéré

We got to the trailhead early. It was a crisp 21 degrees at 7am. The beginning of the hike (first mile) is the hardest (moderate level). The hike has a great path that not too rocky and gorgeous views of the mountains peaking through the trees throughout the hike. You arrive to the lake and it’s definitely chilly, but we were the only ones and it was amazing to have the entire lake to ourselves. Great moderate level hike.

Worth the hike! Got to do it!

Getting to the initial dome is a breeze with some minor switchbacks. The end of the hike is what makes this a bit strenuous, there’s some rock scrambling and the path isn’t totally clear, it’s worth the extra effort past the initial dome. The way back uphill is tedious but once you’re past that, you can easily run downhill. Would love to go back to camp at the dome itself, highly recommend!

Agree with the reviewer below - the last stretch from Clouds Rest foot trail was a test to the nerves, but totally worth it. The hike wasn’t that bad physically until the last stretch. I’d highly recommend getting there as early as you can (before 8am) to start this so you can enjoy the top in peace.

Gorgeous hike! The views as you’re about to reach the lake are grand and gorgeous. The lake breeze was pretty chilly so bring some extra layers if you’re going to hang out for a bit.

Left the trail head at 7:30 and got to clouds rest at 11:20. Yes the switchbacks on the first half of the trail are hard, but we thought the final push to the top was worse on the muscles. Having said that, it’s rated hard for a reason and the views were truly stunning. Only disappointment was there was a tech charter bus that dropped off 33 hikers right before us so the top was crowded and loud. Left there around 12:15 and got back to the sunrise trailhead at 3:15 with our joints telling us “enough already.” Coming from a mild acrophobic the narrow rock bridge to clouds rest tested my nerves but the views are 100% worth it and would do this hike again after exploring a couple other areas of the park we just haven’t gotten to yet.

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

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike. Cathedral Peak is quite something. We went mid October and there were no mosquitoes.

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