Another premier tourist destination in the Yosemite Region, Clouds Rest offers a long hike to some of Yosemite’s most stunning and gorgeous panoramic views. With 9,926 feet of elevation, you will have one of the best bird’s eye views that you have ever laid witness to. From Hawaii in the west, to Nebraska in the East, to the Yosemite Valley lying all around you, you will see everything—and we mean everything—in its most glorious state. This is our favorite destination in the park, and we definitely recommend seeing it, if you do not mind long hikes!
Best Time to Visit
Because this is such a high elevation—and because it is part of the Tioga Trails family—the road itself needs to be open in order for you to visit (which is normally June through October). You also might want to avoid it whenever there is snow on top of the mountain or thunderstorms in the area, as safety should be your number one priority. Other than that, make sure you don’t go up on a cloudy day, and you should be just fine.
Very strenuous, but not the most you’ll encounter in the park. There is an elevation gain of 1,775 square feet, and a very difficult section of switchbacks about a mile and a half into the hike, which make this a hard 8/10 in the difficulty category. Only go if you have the energy and the hiking acumen.
You will have views of Tenaya Lake, Half Dome, Sentinal Dome, North Dome, Mt. Hoffman, Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan, Merced Lake, and more. But, what truly makes this spectacle so amazing is the view straight down, as you are about as high as it gets here in Yosemite. Just make sure to bring a camera!