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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.

we did it in December with little kids. really worth it. easy trail but it's a grove so you have to go down... and then up... but you get to see a lot of sequoias. good winter alternative to mariposa grove

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

This hike never disappoints! Hiked this again July 2018. Glacier point to the valley floor. So far, this is my favorite of all time.

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.

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1 month ago

Don't let the National Park description fool you! The Merced Grove of Giant Sequoia is far more impressive than the Tuolumne Grove. I counted at least 30 Giants and there are additional younger ones. The grove is only part of the fun. You can continue down this historic wagon trail all the way to the Old Coulterville road. The Twin Bridges no longer exist, but the foundation is still there. 7 miles, 3 1/2 hours, and a 1,000+ foot elevation gain in reverse!

Love this hike. Great views.

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.

Don’t miss the magnificent views here! And don’t be scared by the 252 feet—the elevation gain is less than that.

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

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.

Beautiful scenery. I took the Mist trail and my toe fingers were killing me when I ended this trail.

This is mostly a fantastic hike, I was lucky enough to get a ride up Glacier Point, from there, it was 2 miles down a mostly sun drenched trail (sun block up before starting) with few small rocky section. This part of the trail will offer you spectacular shots of half dome, but also SE parts of the park that you don't normally see.

After this, you do few small switch back into small forested area that also has a bridge across Illilouette Creek. Being early fall, it was trickle of water and easily could forded. I sat down for small lunch for about 15 minutes before heading up into the section of the hike where you traverse upwards for the next miles. While uphill, this is still a good well maintained section of the trail and won't cause much in the way of hurt to you. It's mostly dirt, but does have some rockier sections then first 2 miles. It's semi forested, so your views will come and go, but again this a very pleasant section of the trail to hike.

Nevada Falls is of course a great view too and you can now look down the slot (per say) back to the valley too. It also get's a lot more crowded with hikers having come up the falls rout. I had the second part of my lunch here and took in the views for maybe another 30 minutes. I wasn't really looking forward to the next section as I'm old and fat.

I couldn't find the Muir Trail (winter trail) and found myself having to take the Myst trail instead. The next 2.5 miles are almost all on either granite stairs, or worse, granite rocks. Granite as a whole isn't so good on your feet, knee's or pelvis, and when it proper stairs, it's easy slip on, so for this section I used poles. I still ended up on my ass twice in the broken granite sections. Ugh. For the stair sections, they can drop quite a bit and will really give you knee's something to scream about. Remember, you're dropping (or climbing up) about 2000' over 2 miles, so it's steep and kind of unforgiving. The section immediately down from Vernal is all deep stairs and not very wide, so you're also going to have deal with lots of hikers in this section too.

The last milish was standard trail again as you make your way back into the valley. For this time of the year though, you should bring some mosquito spray, otherwise you'll be blood sucked (like I was).

If you haven't done this hike, you should. Ya, even if you're old or fat like me. If i can do it, so can you. Just give yourself more time and bring along enough water and Ibuprofen and you'll be fine.

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).

This is not really a hike. There are several viewpoints that are easily accessible. Everything is paved and secured. There are many tourists present at any time.

The view, for example, of the Half Dome, is still breathtaking!

Incredible day hike! Started from valley which makes the mileage a tad over 20 miles with 6300+ elevation gain. Got a late start of 8am but finished within 7 hours including a few breaks. Forgot my bladder so only had a liter Nalgene bottle. Not a huge problem as there were plenty of creeks to purify water from if needed (however didn’t need to fill up in the end). Trail starts with steps along the falls and then flattens out quite a bit before reaching switchbacks about halfway through the hike. Some exposure as you get near clouds rest so be wary if you are bringing anyone who is a timid hiker. The hike had great diversity and was really pleasant as it wasn’t incredibly steep or mundanely flat. Definitely doesn’t feel like you’ve climbed 6300 ft in the end. However, the knees did feel it quite a bit after the descent. This hike is by far the best one I’ve done in Yosemite. Amazing payoff, great terrain, comfortable and you get a bit of altitude. Looooved it and would highly recommend to anyone who loves hiking.

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.

I recommend the Muir trail vs the Mist trail. The stairs are killer

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

Great view from 7,000 feet up. You can look down in the valley where you were before plus see the surrounding mountains.

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.

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

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3 months ago

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

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