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Paul Ronshausen reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Sertan Usanmaz reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Awesome trail, great views and a killer workout! I did this one earlier in the season before Tioga Pass Road closed for the season due to snow. Make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen. Feel free to follow me on my Instagram account for more dope hiking adventures! @sertanusanmaz

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Jeremy Ecton reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Incredible hike. Filmed the experience in 4k. Can view it here for reference: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFCcB03vM-nepESoPJ4KvA

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Caleb Kindred reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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This is a great hike but it is challenging. If you are afraid of heights this will freak you out a little at the very top of clouds rest. Do highly recommend to do this hike but make sure it’s something you are really wanting to do!

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Susanne Mitschke reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Easily my favorite hike in Yosemite. It’s challenging, but you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views! We’ve seen a couple of other people on the trail but it wasn’t super busy and definitely no comparison to Half Dome!

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Melissa Fletcher reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Tough hike. Lots of elevation gain and super rocky switchbacks on the way down. Don’t be afraid of the spine though, just stay to the left on the ascent.

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Shane Devlin reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Fairly challenging but fun hike! Majority of it is through shaded forests with the last section being exposed. Great views of the valley but a little smoky

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Brett Libowitz reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Amazing! Visibility wasn’t perfect with smoke but still beautiful

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miguel morales reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Christian Bulich reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Expected more to be honest. The first 5 1/2 miles don’t really have the amazing sceneries I’m used to see at Yosemite. The last part of the hike, however, has very beautiful parts and incredible views of the Yosemite Valley. You could smell the ongoing fires and the view at the top was not fully clear due to the smoke.

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Aaqib Ansari reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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The hike up was easier than I anticipated, hike down was harder. Absolutely beautiful views of the valley.

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Justin Luthey reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Best day hike in Yosemite. 12.9 round trip for us. Previous comment mentioned creeks to fill up/filter midway but those are either dry or stagnant in late Oct when we went. Last bit on the spine was not bad at all. If you wimp out on it, you are missing out big time

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Utkarsh Simha reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Amazing hike. Some strenuous parts. The spine isn't as steep as it looks in videos. Views are worth it

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helen watson reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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very challenging and rewarding. the view at the end is magnificent. excellent day hike!!

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Fabulous. A couple felled trees but trail was easy to follow.

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Andrew Scotti reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Fantastic trail, incredible ridge at the end. If anyone sees a brown carhartt beanie on the trail, somewhere after the first set of switchbacks, please text me and let me know!! 201-468-7447

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Taylor Larsen reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Amazing! Lots of steps, elevation seemed relentless at times (even the downhill portions knowing that you were going to have to go back up it to get back to your car) and walking the spine was awesome yet scary at the same time. High Altitude effects kicked in above 9000 elevation and the smoke from the nearby fires made it difficult to breathe at times. Go slow, drink water and enjoy the views from the top! It was definitely a bucket list moment for me.

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Hard but doable

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Samuel Alderfer reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Good trail with incredible views. Should try to make it all the way up to see half dome and Yosemite Valley.

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Joanne Mierzejewski reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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a Must do !! you are basically at the highest possible hiking point. The trail has multiple ascends and they are all a bit strenuous. Two moderate-advanced hikers and took us a bit under the recommended time. We parked in the sunshine lot so the trip was a total of 15 miles. The viewpoint is absolutely gorgeous and a little scary (if you're afraid of heights) but soo worth it!

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Jeffrey Nahn reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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A long but not particularly steep hike, and well worth it for the view at the top! Hiked today, clear skies & no smoke. You pass a lake and running stream around mile 3-4 to filter water from if needed

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Chloe Mcnear reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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difficult but doable! the top was amazing and I say face your fears of heights and try the rocks at the end! you can always crawl on the way back if you need to! just as long as you faced your fears and CONQUERED yourself!

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Chistopher Durrett reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Ben McCormack reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Absolutely stunning. Hard work and scary at the top but worth every second !!!

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