Clouds Rest

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, raises 5,000 feet above Tenaya Creek. 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.

Clouds Rest SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by sharkface

80 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Oct 1, 2016. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are Tenaya Lake/Sunrise Trail, John Muir Trail/Mist Trail to Happy Isles and John Muir Trail from Happy Isles.

Others who’ve summited Clouds Rest

  • sharkface
  • hauteroute
  • JeffHester
  • fred
  • edg
  • bomeng
  • akgg678
  • peetbadenhorst
  • seancasserly
  • brian
  • rusda68
  • luvharris
  • Hugabug325
  • Big-Alpine
  • brianasher
  • curtcasazza
  • CutthroatDizzy
  • TynanRammGranberg
  • MikhailDKorotkin
  • harpreetarora
  • patrickoneill

Routes Used trails & approaches

71% Tenaya Lake/Sunrise Trail

13% John Muir Trail/Mist Trail to Happy Isles

9% John Muir Trail from Happy Isles

2% Mist Trail to JMT to Half Dome then to JMT to Sunrise-Tenaya

2% Sunrise-Tenaya to JMT to Mist Trail to Happy Isles

0% John Muir Trail


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9,930 ft / 3,027 m


807 ft / 246 m

Height Rank Range

Sierra Nevada


California, United States

Summited by

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  • sharkface
  • hauteroute
  • TheKiltedHiker
  • JeffHester
  • mcphersonm80
  • calipidder
  • Christopher
  • srphilip
  • klotito
  • paulatron
  • armen
  • fred

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