Clouds Rest to Yosemite Valley – Yosemite National Park

29 Jul

We still cannot believe this campsite we have here below Clouds Rest.  Its probably one of the best camping sites we’ve ever had.  The view is just unbelievable.  We reluctantly pack up and head up to the summit of Clouds Rest.  Now this is an even more impressive view.  It has a 360 view of the entire Yosemite National Park.  It is a clear, calm and warm sunny day, but there’s a forest fire to the West and the cloud is slowly filling the Yosemite Valley, which adds a nice visual effect kinda like a photoshop filter.

Jim & Jen on the summit of Clouds Rest

Jim & Jen on the summit of Clouds Rest

Today’s hike is going to be another ass kicker.  It’s about 800′ of elevation gain and about 4,000′ lost in 17 miles.  It gonna be hot and even hotter as we descend, but it’s either that or hang out with the over crowded, over amped and over caffeinated kids waiting to climb half dome in Little Yosemite Valley campground.  We opt for cold beer and hot pizza and push on the extra 5 miles to the valley floor.  After spending so much time in the peace and quite of pristine nature I find people to be very annoying, but C’est la vie.

A view of Half Dome from Clouds Rest

A view of Half Dome from Clouds Rest

The view of Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest

The view of Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest


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  1. Brooke

    April 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    We are taking a trip to Yosemite this summer and I was so happy to see these pictures. Absolutely beautiful!! Cloud’s Rest is on our agenda – we’re hoping to start from Tuolumne Meadows, stop at Sunrise camp one night and stay another night somewhere before heading up to Cloud’s Rest, then stay at Yosemite Valley camp and end in Curry Village. How was the climb up to Cloud’s Rest? Did you go north to south or south to north? I’d love to hear more about your route!

  2. admin

    April 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Thanks Brooke
    Have a great trip.
    Bring your hiking poles they really help.

  3. heidi

    September 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Headed up cloud’s rest from sunrise this weekend. Your camp spot sounds amazing. Are you willing to share more info on how to find it?

  4. admin

    September 18, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Hello Keidi,
    I’d be willing to tell you, but I don’t want to advertise it.
    Give me a call @ Two Zero Six 227 Eight Eight Eight Six


  5. Val

    June 23, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I really would like to know where that site is. I will be there in a few weeks and would like to stay at that site. Thanks

  6. admin

    August 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I think you’ll be able to find it by reading and looking at the pictures.

  7. Melina Papenfuss

    October 19, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Many thanks for the great post, I was hunting for information like this, going to look at the various other posts.

  8. admin

    January 25, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Did you find it?

  9. Steve

    March 6, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve hiked to Clouds Rest from Little Yosemite Valley, and except for a small spring on the Half Dome trail, did not see water at all. Did you take all your water with you?

  10. admin

    March 6, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Right before the steep ascent there was a spring off to the right. Look for green about 100 yards below.

  11. Don

    June 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Hi Jim,

    My best friend and I are hiking from Tenaya Lake to Happy Isles the last day of this month. My wife and I have hiked from Happy Isles to Nevada Falls and back so I know what that part of the trail is like and I’ve found a great detailed description of the trail from Tenaya Lake to Cloud’s Rest. Heading from Cloud’s Rest to Nevada Falls is the trail primarily downhill?

  12. admin

    June 1, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Yes, it’s all down hill from Cloud’s Rest back down to the valley floor and Nevada Falls. It can be hot and dry so bring plenty of water.

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