Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest
Key information: Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest
- A choice of walking, including the long highlands walk to Clouds Rest and on to Half Dome.
- Walkopedia rating91
- Natural interest17
- Human interest2
- Negative points2
- Total rating91
- Note: Negs: Crowding at Half Dome
- Length: Your choice
- Maximum Altitude: 9,926 ft
- Level of Difficulty: Variable
This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.
From the western end of Tenaya Lake, you have choices.
Climb long switchbacks to get to the beautiful Sunrise Lakes (whence you can circuit to the Sunrise high sierra and on to Tuolunme).
Or turn off earlier southward, to walk the high ridgeland to Clouds Rest (at 9,926ft) for some of the Yosemite’s most extraordinary views from a much less populated summit, and on to famous, crowded, Half Dome, before dropping into Yosemite Valley on the John Muir Trail. 18 miles or so, so a demanding walk, but one Walkopedia is very keen to do.
For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Yosemite walk page.
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