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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