Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest

  • Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Overlooking the national park from Clouds Rest - © Flickr user Blake Carroll
  • Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Upper Sunrise Lake - © Flickr user ccharmon
  • Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Overlooking the national park from Clouds Rest - © Flickr user Blake Carroll
  • Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Crystal Clear Tenaya Lake  - © Flickr user Don Graham
  • Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Lower Sunrise Lake - © Flickr user ccharmon
  • Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Clouds on Clouds Rest - © Flickr user daveynin
  • Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : High Sierra Tenaya Lake - © Flickr user Don Graham
  • Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Pywiack Dome and Tenaya Lake - © Flickr user Don Graham
  • Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Tenaya Lake - © Flickr user Tom Hilton

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 rating

  • Walkopedia rating96
  • Beauty38
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma38
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating96

Vital Statistics

  • 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.

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Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Upper Sunrise Lake - © Flickr user ccharmon

WALK SUMMARY

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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Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Overlooking the national park from Clouds Rest - © Flickr user Blake Carroll

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Crystal Clear Tenaya Lake  - © Flickr user Don Graham

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

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Sunrise Lakes and Clouds Rest : Lower Sunrise Lake - © Flickr user ccharmon...
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