Ellinor- Upper/Winter Trail July 3, 2017; Lena Lake April 10, 2017; Green Mountain-Gold Creek Trail April 9, 2017; Oyster Dome November 15, 2016; Shi Shi Beach/Part Three November 10, 2016 Today’s Mileage: 7.3 mi / +800′, -2,800′ Day 5: Wake early and hike 2.5 miles to top of Half Dome at 8,836′ (carrying only lightweight daypacks). Imagine virgin Sierra Nevada granite, uplifted from its deep burial place by compressional tectonic forces, canyons eroded rapidly by generous spring runoff, and finally, the odd glacier to smooth the slope. Day 3, wake up early and hit Half Dome, then back to LYV to pack up and finish up at the Happy Isles trailhead. The Sunrise Trail begins by the west side of Tenaya Lake at the center of the most scenic stretch of the Tioga Road, and is one of the more popular trailheads in the Tuolumne Meadows district. Why you should go: A two-day trek that delivers a highlight reel of the best … Clouds Rest Trail (via Sunrise Lakes Trailhead) Distance: 14.2 miles out & back. Diving Board Quick Facts: Type of Trail: Out & Back. The historic Yosemite Falls trail is one of the park's oldest. From the trailhead, hike seven miles up the Clouds Rest Trail first thing in the morning for the most awe inspiring summit view I have ever experienced. From the summit, hike down 5 miles to Sunrise Creek for the final night of camping. Oh boy, was it hot. Clouds Rest and Sunrise Lakes (Yosemite) A long circuit through Yosemite National Park, which combines Clouds Rest and the high-elevation Sunrise Lakes. Late cancellations may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, although we don't expect any to be available most days. From Clouds Rest's airy and cozy summit, the most undeniable natural feature is the Northwest Face, a stunning 5000-foot drop into Tenaya Canyon. It was hot in the sun. At approximately 2.5 miles, the trail makes a steep climb up approximately 700 ft. to a trail junction - follow the marked trail to Clouds Rest. Visitors to Yosemite can’t help but be awestruck when looking up at the prominent knife of granite known as Clouds Rest. Day 1-Elizabeth Lake Trailhead (Tuolumne Meadows Campground) to Nelson Lake (9,… Answer 1 of 6: 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). This post is part of a series about my hike on Yosemite’s High Sierra Loop. It starts with the first 2.7 miles of the Sunrise Trail, followed by 2.3 miles of the Forsyth Trail, and finally the actual Clouds Rest Trail for 2 miles. At 6 miles you reach the junction to Half Dome, a Yosemite icon. Sunrise Lakes – 7.4mi / 11.9km. From the trailhead, keep left to the outlet of the lake. There is a visible usage trail … The Sunrise Lakes Trail is a round trip hike of 14.5 miles that begins at an elevation of 8,150 feet and gains 1,776 feet over 7.25 miles to reach the summit at 9,926 feet. The hike on the second day of the Yosemite Highlights Loop heads from camp on the Snow Creek Trail past Olmsted Point and Tenaya Lake and up to Sunrise Lakes. I told Miles to hang out and let Dom and Max know that I was heading on up to scope out campsites. From the junction with the Clouds Rest Trail, take a left onto the Sunrise Lakes Trail and run 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. An easy backcountry destination with stunning alpine lakes and meadows lies just off Tioga Road in northern Yosemite National Park. If you know exactly where to cut off, you can head to Budd Lake from there. We elected to do a two-night semi-loop (more of a U-shape) in mid-July. 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. Gla cier Point Loop. This 7.2-mile round-trip … Elevation Gain: 1,775 feet. First part of our hike was about 2.7 miles, which actually is the most strenuous part of the hike with steep switchbacks up to the Sunrise Lakes and Cloud’s Rest juncture. Hike Summary: Take the Sunrise Lakes trail from Tenaya Lake. Given your bag is heaviest on the first day, this is a tough climb. We started up the trail towards the little pass that would lead us to Sunrise Lakes, with Miles and me leading the way. It was the very first national park I visited and one I have gone on to explore numerous times since. In the first 100 yards of the trail we crossed over Tenaya Creek, the only major creek crossing on this trail. Behold: an endless mid-angle slab climb of truly epic proportions! The Signs don’t say Sunrise Lakes, they instead point you to Sunrise Camp which is another 2.5 miles. The Trail will wind you right next to the first and third lake. The Sunrise Trailhead is at 8,140 ft and we would climb almost 1200 ft in the first 2.5 milles. There is no Budd Lake Trailhead, and there is no official Budd Lake Trail, so there is no Budd Lake wilderness permit. 1. Sunrise Lakes are to the Left, Straight ahead will lead you to the trail for Clouds Rest. Yosemite Sunrise Trail to Cathedral Lakes Trail After consultation with the ranger at Big Oak Flat Ranger Station, and a surprising rain delay, Karen and I headed out on the Sunrise Trailhead … We hiked up to the three Sunrise Lakes, about a 9 mile hike … Options listed below involve additional cross-country navigation. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from May until September. 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