Start out at the Tenaya Lake Trailhead, where you can head directly onto the trail for Clouds Rest or you can branch off after 2.7 miles to Sunrise Lakes. This allows you to break up the hike, spend a night relaxing and help you have an early start back on the trail. We stayed at Tuolumne meadow backpacker camp before our hike to Sunrise lakes the next day. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from May until September. We believe good things come from people spending time outside. Get water at Sunrise Creek. Clouds Rest is famously one of the best views of Yosemite’s Valley. Trail climbed up about 200 ft. and leveled off. The other option is to turn and follow the trail back out to the Tenaya Lake trail head which would take 2-3 hours. You'll need to carry all your water up with you, as there are no water sources up there. We arrived a bit early to set up camp and view the surrounding area. I've camped at the Sunrise Lakes several times, and I usually have the surrounding area all to myself. If you want to hike all the way to the Sunrise High Sierra Camp to watch the incredible early morning views as the sun warms the sky above a massive, picturesque meadow, continue another mile past the third lake. Be more. We reluctantly donned our hiking gear and departed from Sunrise Lakes. Met a lot of people day hiking to Cloud's Rest. This is a great 5.7/5.8 linkup for anyone looking for an intermediate climb in Tuolumne. If you know about this hidden gem however, you're in luck. After breakfast on your own, you will meet your guide in front of the Curry Village Mountain Shop at 7:30am. Meeting Location: Sunrise Lakes Trailhead at 8,150′ High Point: Clouds Rest Summit: 9926′ Elevation Gain: 1,776′ The Clouds Rest hike begins at 7am at the Sunrise Trailhead parking along the west shore of Tenaya Lake. You will either have to shuttle cars, hitchhike, or catch the Tioga Rd Shuttle to do this Vermillion Lakes. Park in the lot at the southwest corner of Tenaya Lake and hike in past the bear boxes and toilets. Tioga Rd, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389, USA, © 2020 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. It’s about nourishment and learning. Hike to Sunrise Lake. Please explore responsibly! Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter packed with the best adventure guides, travel ideas, news, and articles. Sunrise Lakes is a beautiful detour and in the solitude of the High Sierra, you can't go wrong. Alpine lakes. Hike north from Sunrise Lakes to Cathedral Lakes Hike north from Cathedral Lakes to Tuolumne Meadows Set up Camp at Tuolumne Meadows backpackers Campground July 17th (Sun): Day hikes around Tuolumne Meadows Pack and leave for home around noon. Don't miss the granite ridge northwest of the lake. Drag your camera and your sleeping bag out onto the rocks and cuddle with a friend as you watch our friendliest star turn the night sky into a rainbow sorbet. Sunrise Lakes is a beautiful 5-mile (each way) out-and-back hike or backpacking adventure with dozens of options to extend the trip for multiple days by exploring Cathedral Lake, Merced Lake, Vogelsang, or hiking down into the valley. Bonus: you'll be the first ones on top of Clouds Rest the next morning, and you'll have it all you yourself. The final trail sign is at the base of the scramble which last the final 10 minutes of your ascent to the summit. From the junction with the Clouds Rest Trail, take a left onto the Sunrise Lakes Trail and hike east, following signs for Sunrise High Sierra Campsite.Cover mostly level ground though open woods and after about 1/2 mile you'll reach the Lower Sunrise Lake. This means multiple day High Sierra backpacking trips are in our future! Day 2 Hike to Sunrise Lakes. This is one of the best trails in Yosemite, and it has much less traffic compared to other trails. A bit crowded at camp. If you love wildflowers, check out this trail in the mid- to late-summer. Friday: Wake up early and hike Cloud's Rest to observe the sunrise. Lots of people camp at Sunrise Lake so don't expect to be alone and also expect there might be some bear activity since its heavily used. The "younger" brother of the world famous Half Dome, Clouds Rest is in fact a solid 1,000 feet taller despite receiving significantly less attention. Valley of the Five Lakes is a popular hiking destination in Jasper National Park. Below is the “out-and-back” Sunrise … Ten Lakes is one of my favorite short backpacking trips in Yosemite. There's a flat area off the trail with great view of sunset over Yosemite Valley. The trail goes right by the shores of the first and third Sunrise Lakes, but passes about a hundred meters to the south of the second one, and the more absentminded class of hiker could miss it. Sunrise/Merced Lake: Sunrise Lake trail begins at the Tenaya Lake trailhead and travels 3.3 miles to the campsites on Sunrise Lakes. I had spoken to several hikers this summer while exploring around Cathedral Lakes that the Sunrise Camp and Lakes loop was one that I should commit to doing. It’s about protecting what sustains us. The third (and farthest) lake is the most beautiful. Follow that until you clear the treeline and can really take in the views. I spent five days on the trip, so I had a lot of time to read, take photos, and relax by the beautiful lakes … From here it descends for another 2 miles to the campsite at “Sunrise Lake” at elevation 6,250 feet. Ample parking. Don't forget your Wilderness permits if you're backpacking! Outdoor Project may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers. Tricky permit system. Polly Dome Lakes. Connect with the landscape before (or after) you take in the majesty of Cloud's Rest. All rights reserved. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views including Yosemite Valley and Little Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest. Starting out from the Tenaya Lake tr... Start and end this loop from the Sunrise Lakes TH along the Tioga Road, and in between you'll travel over 26 miles through Yosemite's backcountry gaining and losing over 7,000 feet in elevation. A fantastic backpacking trip from Tioga to the Valley, then take the YARTS bus back to your car. Half Dome and the valley comprise the other view that stretches to the horizon. Cloud's Rest is also a manageable day hike as a Half Dome alternative. An easy backcountry destination with stunning alpine lakes and meadows lies just off Tioga Road in northern Yosemite National Park. To camp your first night in the Glen Aulin backpackers' camp: Glen Aulin Trail. Distance: 6 miles (9.6 km) round trip. Yosemite Tuolumne Meadows to Sunset lakes via Cathedral pass? Sunrise and sunset hikes are a wonderful way to greet the day or night. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. This is right off of Higway 120/Tioga Road between Olmstead Point and Tenaya Lake. As the name might suggest, sunrises are epic at this spot and well worth getting up early for. Awesome spot to score a walk-up wilderness permit when Tuolumne fills up. There are at least a dozen campsites scattered around this area, and most have a small, rock fire ring. We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Make it an overnight by camping north of Clouds Rest. It’s about building relationships with the outdoors and each other. Pack up stuff and hike to junction where Cloud's Rest Trailhead meets JMT and find camping spot nearby. adventures and follow local regulations. This trail goes by Sunrise Lakes. Climb Hermaphrodite Flake to Boltway in Yosemite National Park. We mostly just trudged along, trying to make mileage knowing our day ahead wasn’t just a cakewalk. The path begins as a mellow stroll through the woods, but it quickly hits a large set of steep switchbacks after the first mile, climbing 1,000 feet over uneven granite stairs. There are two options for this:1. Denis 5 years, 3 months ago 8/24/15: Tuolumne Meadows to Sunrise HSC. Sunrise trailhead is notorious for out-of-bounds camping and hefty fines. The Palisades Lakes Trail that starts at Sunrise Point, offers splendid views of wonderful lakes along your way. The Ahwahnee offers a gift shop with a focus on local artisans, a decadent sweet shop, a comfortable bar and a heated outdoor swimming po... Overview Upper Pines Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain R... Because this is not a loop, you will need to figure out a shuttle situation. We hiked up to the three Sunrise Lakes, about a 9 mile hike … We did this 12.6 mile thru hike over 3 days/ 2 nights with plenty of time to take in the scenery, relax, and do some day hike exploring. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more! Seeing those granite slabs fall into the valley 5,000 ft below while looking down on half dome was just awe-striking. From Sunrise High Sierra Camp you can easily connect to other trails in the high country or turn around and head back the way you came if you only wanted a quick overnight. Clouds Rest and Sunrise Lakes Loop is a 23 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. We walked for a mile from Tuolumne Meadows to evaluate our packs (load balances and strap adjustments). Pack less. Hey everyone, I have booked a trip for my son and I to do a backpack from Sunrise Lakes to Happy Isles, via the CRT and with a stopover to summit Half Dome (our wilderness permit is for June 11-14). You'll reach the first lake in about half a mile, and the other two are each spaced another half mile apart afterwards. Length 9.4 miElevation gain 2388 ftRoute type Out & back Then, we caught the shuttle to the trailhead. They pop up around the plentiful streams that feed the lakes from the surrounding mountains. I definitely recommend reaching the summit for a beautiful sunrise! Roughly 2.1 miles into the hike, the trail splits for Clouds Rest, which would be an excellent side-hike if you’re looking to pack in a full day of hiking before reaching camp at one of the lakes. To hike south to Clouds Rest, Sunrise Lakes, or Sunrise High Sierra Camp: Sunrise; What is the difference between the two Glen Aulin trailheads? It’s about more than standing on the mountain top. Definitely recommend taking your time and making it into a bit of a trip. Stunning views. Overview Any advice on the above would me much appreciated. Sunrise Lakes, the halfway point for many to Clouds Rest. The second lake is a tiny bit off trail, but the first and third lakes have many campsite options a short walk from the main trail, making them easy to use for a water source, lunch break, or overnight spot. The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. Wildflowers. From the Cascades Lake trailhead, the trail drops down to the dam then climbs gently for about 1 mile to “68 Lakes”. Backpacking Light. It’s possible to hike from camp to camp across Yosemite with minimal gear if you’re lucky enough to win the lottery for these highly prized reservations. © 2020 Outdoor Project. Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, California. If your trip is taking you into western Canada, Lake Louise and Banff are probably … Home › Forums › Campfire › Pre-Trip Planning › Yosemite Tuolumne Meadows to Sunset lakes via Cathedral pass? Despite an elevation change of 2,700 feet, the biggest challenge on the hike was the extra weight in water we had to carry. Make it a longer trip by taking the bus to Tuolumne Meadows and taking the John Muir trail toward Sunrise Lakes and then to Clouds Rest, and finally back down to the Valley via the Mist Trail. The best sites are up on the granite slabs with a view of the massive meadow and the trail’s intersection with the John Muir Trail. Once re-connected to the Clouds Rest trail you begin a brief descent before you come across the only lake on the CR Trail. You can actually submit for a permit to Half Dome and hit that on your way back to Yosemite Valley if you have time. The trail descends somewhat steeply for a bit before ascending, most of the way through the forest. After the trail splits, it climbs along a gently graded slope through Sunrise Lakes. We’ll leave our cars here in the parking lot and take a shuttle to the Sunrise Trailhead at Tenaya Lake (8,140’). The trail will descend about 450 feet, and you’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot the wooden building housing the vault toilets off to your left. The trail is a popular one, so be prepared to see lots of fellow hikers at least up to the first of the three lakes. Shadow Lake Trail is a wonderful, easy and family friendly hike in the Sunrise Area. You do have to hop across some trickles and streams along the duration of the hike as well. Tuolumne Meadows Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mount... Free ranger-led campfire programs and guided hikes are offered daily for Tuolumne Meadows Lodge guests. I found it even more memorable than the half dome cables. We promise not to annoy you, but if you wish, you may unsubscribe at any time. Length 23 miElevation gain 5682 ftRoute type Loop Sunrise Lakes Sunrise lake trail was our destination for this backpacking trip. Elevation Gain: 600 feet … Make sure you brings lots of water for this because if you are a superhuman and choose to continue hiking you're going to be putting in a seriously long and grueling day. Each of the lakes is heavily wooded, so feel free to bring a hammock and lounge while reading your favorite book! Hiking at these different times of day mixes up your hiking routine and creates memories with friends and family. TL:DR You don’t have to go very far to see some pristine high sierra lakes and epic sunsets. Highlights: Lakes. Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. The path passes six alpine lakes and every lake can be considered a perfect destination. Welcome to Sunrise Lakes ♣ Would you like to play FREE golf and tennis ALL YEAR ROUND!? Sunrise Lakes is a beautiful 5-mile (each way) out-and-back hike or backpacking adventure with dozens of options to extend the trip for multiple days by exploring Cathedral Lake, Merced Lake, Vogelsang, or hiking down into the valley. After an hour or two of hiking, you can set up camp on Sunset Creek just past the Clouds Rest junction. The Best Winter Adventures in North America. It also brings unique challenges—timing your hike for sunrise or sunset, hiking in dim light, and watching the show in cooler twilight temperatures. Campfires are allowed since the area is below 9600' elevation. Drive your car to the Tenaya Lake Trail Head, and leave it parked there. I only saw five other parties on the 75 mile trip along the PCT between Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your Saturday: Climb Half Dome. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure. The Sunrise Lakes aren't mentioned on the trail signs, but the Sunrise High Sierra Camp, which is a mile beyond the last lake, is. We left John Muir Trail at SHSC and took sunrise lakes trail at the junction. If you continue straight instead of turning left to go to the Sunrise Lakes, you'll be on the trail to Clouds Rest. When you want to enjoy lakes but don't want to share them with the hordes at Tenaya Lake, head for Sunrise Lakes. Hiking South from Cathedral Pass our views are limited to the sweet meadow descending gently in elevation to our South, and the stunning canyon walls bracketing the meadow. Getting to the Sunrise Trailhead … Clouds Rest is one of my favorite views in the Sierra. Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment? My 16-year-old son (Cade) choose the day hike for us today. Make this an overnight with a scenic stay Sunrise Lakes. Here's a quick video I put together from a camping trip to Yosemite National Park a few weeks back with some good homies. Sunrise Lakes Condos, Sunrise Florida. Highly recommend at least night in the backcountry. Drive up early to catch the sunrise (there’s a reason this site on the Eastern aspect of Mount Rainier is named Sunrise), and then hike far above turquoise-green lakes and into the rugged, sparsely beautiful landscape of the alpine on this gorgeous trail. Great summer backpacking . This allows you to break up the hike, spend a night relaxing and help you have an early start back on the trail. Sunrise Lakes Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Half Dome get's all the attention but the views at Cloud's Rest are PHENOMENAL. I took advantage of a good weather window in October to go on a solo backpacking trip in Washington. 5.0 If you decide to continue on towards Little Yosemite Valley you are back in the land of opportunity and can try and get to the top of Half Dome, or spend some time at Merced Lake. Easily attainable High Sierra views and lakes for swimming after a hike up the pass. Start out at the Tenaya Lake Trailhead, where you can head directly onto the trail for Clouds Rest or you can branch off after 2.7 miles to Sunrise Lakes. The second checkpoint has no sign pointing to Clouds Rest, but helpful hikers have created a rock CR that usually has an arrow pointing to the right. In 2017, record snow pack caused the park service to not open the High Sierra Camp, but on more normal years, there are also cabins available that visitors can rent with food available. You can park at the Tuolumne Meadows Ranger Station and take the free shuttle to the trailhead. As you climb, sweeping vistas of the Yosemite High Country come into view. The shuttle takes about an hour. Always read through beta on Mountain Project and Super Topo and having the book on hand is always a good idea. 2. We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. You can summit Cloud’s Rest on a day hike but it’s most spectacular as an overnighter, which we did after backpacking in from Sunrise Lakes. From the summit you can see the evidence of the aptly named, Little Valley Fire. We hiked about 2.3 miles to Sunrise lakes for the night. Either way you cant go wrong with this back-country trip. Viewing 9 posts - 1 through 9 (of 9 total) Forums are supported by our merchant partners . We've been pointed almost directly South since passing the Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes hiking up to and over the gentle rise of Cathedral Pass's 9680 feet of elevation. Did a backpacking trip that took me to Sunrise Lakes and then Clouds Rest in 2013. 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