We took Tenaya lakes trail. On the map I can see a small pond and a branch of Teneya Creek that crosses the trail. Clouds Rest. Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet (700 m) Permit Demand: Very High. Epic Yosemite Backpacking: Toulumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley via Cathedral Lakes, Clouds Rest and Half Dome. We requested what some say is the most beautiful stretch of the park…from Cathedral Lakes to Little Yosemite Valley, hitting up Cloud’s Rest and Half Dome on the way. Cathedral lakes - clouds rest - half dome - valley by eswebster » Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:40 pm I am visiting the park with my wife at the end of June … You would save something like 5 miles one way. We plan to go over Clouds Rest and up Half Dome. What are the last reliable water sources before Clouds Rest? NEW VIDEOS released weekly! Trailheads lead to Cathedral Lakes, Clouds Rest, Half Dome, and the Yosemite Valley floor, the later passing by Olmsted Point (above.) The Cathedral Lakes are a pair of stunning lakes in Yosemite National Park. Leaving from Tenaya Lake, this route ascends through forests towards Sunrise Lakes but continues on to the summit of Clouds Rest. Kudos to Jen who faxed that puppy in at literally 12:00am midnight the morning they started accepting applications (exactly 168 days before intended hike). As we climbed down, we had great view of west side mountains. Aug. 30. I have a permit for July 29 Cathedral Lakes to Happy Isles. You can fish with a license. Some of the highlights included Cathedral Lakes, Sunrise Lakes, Clouds Rest, Half Dome, the Merced River, Vernal Falls, and eating pizza at Half Dome Village Pizza Patio. We started by Tuolumne Meadows and ended in Yosemite Valley. If I were going to Clouds Rest, I would get a permit to start from the west end of Tenaya Lake. Hiking is also a popular activity in the Tenaya Lake area. They take their name from the nearby Cathedral Peak, so named for its church-like summit, and the mountain looms high over the water, creating a beautiful backdrop for the lakes. That takes you up to the trail junction west of Sunrise Lakes, but it is only several miles. Distance: 14 miles (22.5 km) round trip. SUBSCRIBE to our channel to be the first to see them. That climbs down 1100 ft. to Tenaya lake in 2.5 miles. I've seen that itinerary with group trips that are taking 4-5 days to do it, but they seem to be hiking only 4-7 miles a day. Two picnic areas are available, one of them is wheelchair accessible. I went with a group of eight, for 6 days and 5 nights. Read about Day 1 … You can also swim in the lake but the water is very cold. Can I do Cathedral Lakes trailhead to Clouds Rest summit to Half Dome and out Mist Trail to Yosemite Valley with just one overnight around the Clouds Rest Junction? Highlights: Valley Views, Peaks. Trailhead: Sunrise Lakes. 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