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Clouds Rest

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Topo map  USGS Tenaya Peak
Prominence  246 m
Easiest route  Hiking
Parent range  Sierra Nevada
Elevation  3,027 m
Mountain range  Sierra Nevada
Parent peak  Tresidder Peak
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Listing  Sierra Peaks Section Western States Climbers Emblem peak
Location  Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California, U.S.
Similar  Half Dome, North Dome, Mount Hoffmann, Sentinel Dome, Liberty Cap

Yosemite national park summit to clouds rest

Clouds Rest is a mountain in Yosemite National Park east northeast of Yosemite Village, California. Although there are many peaks in the park having far greater elevation, Clouds Rest's proximity to the valley gives it a very high degree of visual prominence.


Map of Clouds Rest, California, USA

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The summit can be reached by a 7.2-mile (11.6 km) trail hike from Tioga Pass Road or a 9.4-mile (15.1 km) trail hike from Happy Isles by way of Little Yosemite Valley. There are also several technical routes available.

Clouds Rest is an arête, a thin, almost knife-like, ridge of rock formed when glaciers eroded away solid rock to form Tenaya Canyon and Little Yosemite Valley. The northwest face, mostly solid granite, rises 5,000 feet (1,520 m) above Tenaya Creek.


Lafayette H. Bunnell, a medical doctor with the Mariposa Battalion, notes that his party named the summit Clouds Rest because they returned to camp to avoid a snow storm after seeing "the clouds rapidly settling down to rest upon that mountain."


There are three main ways to access the summit of Cloud’s Rest; via the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead off of CA-120 (commonly known as the Northeast Ridge Route); via the Happy Isles Trailhead in Yosemite Valley (commonly known as the South Slope); or via the Northwest Face of the mountain. The Sunrise Lakes Trail is a round trip hike of 14.5 miles (23.3 km) that begins at an elevation of 8,150 feet (2,480 m) and gains 1,776 feet (541 m) over 7.25 miles (11.67 km) to reach the summit at 9,926 feet (3,025 m). The summit has wide-ranging 360-degree panoramic views.


Clouds Rest Wikipedia