Clouds Rest Loop

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Clouds Rest Loop is a 18.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 18.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4,973 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

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4 days ago

We did this loop in 2 days because after going down the backside of clouds rest we did half dome. Amazing loop and would highly recommend

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rocky
9 days ago

This is a very grueling hike that will take an entire day to complete. Be prepared. You begin the hike from the Sunrise parking lot/trailhead. Follow the sign to Clouds Rest. You will hit the first serious elevation within the first two miles of the hike. This part was intense. Once you reach the fork in the trail, follow the sign to Clouds Rest. This is the second serious elevation of the hike - the hike to the summit. There were moments during this portion when I questioned my ability to go on, but I pushed through. Push through this portion of the hike, the views on top will be worth it! The views from the summit of Clouds Rest are absolutely beautiful. No words or pictures could ever do them justice. You have to experience it for yourself. Take your time and rest up here because you still have about 15 more miles to go. When you hike down and reach the base of Clouds Rest, you will reach a fork in the trail where you can either return to the trailhead (by following the sign to Tenaya Lake) or continue on with the hike (by following the sign to Half Dome). I would note that the views for the remaining 15 miles pale in comparison to the views from atop Clouds Rest. As you proceed, you will climb down some switchbacks until you hit a fork in the trail. Follow the sign to the John Muir Trail by crossing the stream. The John Muir Trail has some elevation that isn’t as strenuous as the hike to Clouds Rest, but your tired feet and legs will definitely feel every inch of elevation gain at this point in the hike. Hiking through the burned forest was the most fascinating part of the John Muir Trail for me. From the John Muir Trail, follow the sign to Clouds Rest. This will lead you to a portion of the trail with some serious elevation and switchbacks. At 12 miles into the hike, I was really pushed to my limit during this portion of the trail. You’ll eventually hit another fork in the trail. At the fork, follow the sign to Tenaya Lake. You will climb down the same portion of the trail that you climbed at the beginning of the hike. If you’re looking to test your endurance, then I recommend doing the full 18 mile loop. If you’re more interested in the amazing views of Yosemite (while still getting a really good workout), then I would return to the trailhead at the base of Cloud Rest. I highly recommend that you pack extra layers of clothing. Temperatures ranged from chilly to very warm throughout the day. Also, make sure to bring extra water. If you think you have enough, bring some more. Trust me. Happy hiking!

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rocky
21 days ago

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23 days ago

It was pretty challenging and took us more like 21 miles. Followed gps exactly. Doable in 1 day but start early! Great views at the top. Half dome view blew me away! Incredible.

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rocky
26 days ago

A brutal trail for a 71 year old with a bum foot.

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11 months ago

This is a strenuous one day hike. The first ascension is the most difficult. The view of Half Dome and the Yosemite valley from Clouds Rest is breath taking. The trail goes through a variety of landscapes. Part of the John Muir trail was burnt in a wild fire but it's still interesting to see how resilient mother nature is. There are some streams to get fresh water along the way. The temperatures in October are already pretty cool, especially when it’s windy. Make sure to pack up extra layers.

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