Ascent of Clouds Rest on 2014-10-04

Climber: Josh B

Others in Party:Small Group
Date:Saturday, October 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Clouds Rest
    Elevation:9926 ft / 3025 m

Ascent Trip Report

Walk from Sunrise Lakes lot near Tenaya, south on the Clouds Rest trail. Mostly flat very easy for 1.5 miles, then a rather steep switchback for .75 miles. At about 2.15 mi the trail left is to the Lakes. Continuing S, interesting flora on S side of this rise (2.15-2.45 mi).

Generally flat until 3.45 mi then gradual rise on to 4.75 mi. Great views down into Little Yosemite Valley on a clear day. Can't remember exactly where but probably near the connector down to JMT (~3.9 mi) we had trouble finding the trail and veered further south. However we could see a lot from there.

Once back on the trail not too strenuous besides feeling the elevation a little bit. However the trail does seem to stretch on even when Clouds Rest is in view. Feels more taxing towards the end but the grade really only increases the final .5-.75 mi. Towards the end it is a very narrow area of large, piled boulders. Great views of Cathedrals, Half Dome, etc.

We actually stopped before the summit of Clouds Rest at the other high point just above 9900'. Believe we left at 13.00 and arrived about 16.00. (Can't remember time up, but was about 4 hours, maybe a little more).

Lots of picturesque JMT landscapes along this stretch - nice and quiet once away from Tenaya Lake. Other hiking groups occasionally, including large-ish ones, but not too many. Great trail to know in the area as it is in between / connects a lot of things.

Final mileage was about 11 mi with 1750' of gain. Other options are to hike through from Yosemite Valley (Happy Isles) making it around 14 mi(?) or include a jaunt to Sunrise Lakes. Best part of finishing? Tenaya Lake is right there to jump in and soothe sore feet or backs after the walk.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1769 ft / 539 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1769 ft / 539 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Sunny and Dry
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1769 ft / 539 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Clouds Rest Trail
    Start Trailhead:Sunrise Lakes  8157 ft / 2486 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1769 ft / 539 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    End Trailhead:Sunrise Lakes  8157 ft / 2486 m
    Time:3 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Josh B
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