Happy Isles to Cloud's Rest Loop

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Happy Isles to Cloud's Rest Loop is a 21.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
21.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6781 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

no dogs

Start at the Happy Isles Trailhead and follow either the Mist Trail or JMT to the Mist Trail/JMT junction. Continue on the Mist Trail until you reach the JMT again next to Liberty Cap. Turn left and continue onto the JMT. This is near the Little Yosemite Valley campground so there should be some bathrooms to use on your right. Continue on the JMT until the Half Dome/JMT junction. Turn right to stay on the JMT. Follow the JMT for half of a mile until a fork and turn left to continue up to Cloud's Rest. From Cloud's Rest, continue on the trail 1.4 miles and turn right onto the Pack Trail at the junction. Take this back down towards the valley. Take the next two rights to get back onto the JMT and follow that back down to the valley. If you took the Mist Trail up, try taking the JMT back to the valley, or vice versa.