Yosemite - Clouds Rest
August 26th, 2006 -
The hike to the summit of Clouds Rest offers some of the most spectacular views in Yosemite, but surprisingly, very few people make the hike.
Starting from Tenaya Lake, the trail rises to 9,926 ft (almost 1,100ft higher than Half Dome) and with a 360° view from the summit
you can see almost every landmark in the park. The view of Half Dome is so clear that you can watch the hikers struggle up the cables from several miles away.
Distance Hiked - 14.5 mile round-trip
Elevation Gain - 2,300 ft
Time Taken - 8 hours
It's always good to know that
you're on the right path
The trail is almost deserted, very few people take this route
Clouds Rest in the distance, about 6 miles away
Looking down the Tenaya Canyon into Yosemite Valley.
Clouds Rest, Half Dome and Glacier Point can all be seen.
Not such a good idea when the end of the tree is rotten
Tenaya Lake in the distance
Near the top, the trail is only a few feet wide
and drops several thousand feet on either side
Looking across the canyon
Stopping for lunch in the last shade on the trail
At the top of Clouds Rest, 9,926ft
The view from the summit of Clouds Rest is even better
than the view from the top of Half Dome
Not many people make this hike,
it's empty compared to Half Dome
Looking back down the ridge towards Tenaya Lake (our starting point)
Looking straight down the face of Clouds Rest into Tenaya Canyon
Chipmunks are everywhere. And all they do is steal food from the hikers.
August 27th, 2006 -
The following day, we drove up to the Hetch Hetchy dam in the north of Yosemite. It was extremely controversial when it was built (in 1922),
as it dams a valley that was once compared to Yosemite Valley. But since it provides most of the water for San Francisco, it's not likely that it will be torn down anytime soon.
The not-so-wildlife in Curry Village
The Merced river, running through Yosemite Valley
The O'Shaughnessy Dam and the Hetch Hetchy resevoir
Hetch Hetchy valley