California Mountain Adventures - Clouds Rest

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Welcome to this edition of

California Mountain Adventures!!

In this adventure I headed into the heart of Yosemite national park to climb to the summit of...


Clouds Rest!!

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After hiking out from the Young lakes I got back to Tuolumne meadows and got myself another permit at the ranger station there. Then I drove down Tioga road to the trailhead at Tenaya lake and started up the trail towards the Sunrise lakes. The trail was pretty steep with lots of big rock steps. But luckily it wasn't a very long hike in. The Sunrise lakes is a set of three gorgeous lakes tucked into the northwest slope of Sunrise Mountain. I climbed up passed the first two lakes to the upper lake and found a nice spot to setup camp on the north side of the lake. After camp was all setup I checked out the lake a little and then climbed up onto the hillside above camp where I got some amazing views of the sun setting out beyond the silhouette of Clouds Rest.

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Hiking through the woods near Tenaya lake

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Climbing steeply up the trail

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Lower Sunrise lake

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Upper Sunrise lake

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Camp

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Evening by the lake

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Sunset

The next morning I left my camp setup at the lake and started my hike out to Clouds Rest(9,926')! I hiked back down passed the lower Sunrise lakes to the trail junction and then headed up the Forsyth trail. I passed a small unnamed lake and then arrived at the final trail junction for the Clouds Rest trail. As I climbed up the last section of trail the scenery just got more and more dramatic.

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Morning sun shining through the trees

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Hiking back by the lower Sunrise lakes

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Unnamed lake along the Forsyth trail

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The final trail junction to Clouds Rest

Then finally... I reached the summit!! The views from the top were out of this world spectacular!! Overlooking Half Dome and Yosemite Valley as well as looking up to the big peaks of northern Yosemite. The 360 degree panorama of the park was truly incredible! I lingered on the top for quite awhile and a few other hikers came and went. Then finally at some point in the afternoon I decided to start hiking back to the lakes. I moved quick and made it back to camp with lots of daylight left. So I had plenty of time for trout fishing at the lakes which was lots of fun. I caught quite a few and even kept one for dinner! After enjoying dinner and another awesome sunset I headed into my tent for the night.

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The summit of Clouds Rest

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Me on Clouds Rest with Half Dome and Yosemite Valley behind me

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Me on Clouds Rest with the peaks of Northern Yosemite behind me

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Back at the Sunrise lakes

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Trout fishing

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Trout catching

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Hiking around the lake

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Dinner

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Overlooking the upper Sunrise lake

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Overlooking the lower Sunrise lakes


Sunset timelapse

The next morning I packed up and hiked back down the steep trail to Tenaya lake. I took a quick break on the west shore of the lake before hiking the last bit back to the trailhead where I immediately started planning my next adventure!

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On the shores of Tenaya lake

And that's going to be it for this


California Mountain Adventure!

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all photos by @derekrichardson

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Dude that's a fucking awesome adventure.

I had my eye on Clouds Rest for years. I knew it was supposed to be epic... and I was not let down!!

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Wow, its a breathtaking place to visit. I always enjoy exploring your adventures.

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