Day 2 of the late Spring/early Summer Yosemite Trip for challenging hikes: Half Dome, Clouds Rest, 4 Mile Trail, Yosemite Upper Falls, etc
MEETING TIME: ideally between 7:30-8 AM at the trailhead
Difficulty: Level 2+/3 Moderate Pace for strenuous hike (distance, elevation and altitude) Click on RATING TABLE for more about difficulty levels http://files.meetup.com/1554500/RATING%20TABLE.pdf
>>>Clouds Rest hike:
Distance: 12 miles RT
Tuolumne Meadows is at 8600ft elevation hiking up!
>>>4 Mile Hike:
Distance: 10 miles RT
Yosemite Valley is at 4000ft elevation
GOOD TO KNOW Wear good traction hiking shoes, hiking poles, water, a light lunch, sunglasses, hat, etc.
Yosemite Park Map http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/YOSEmap1.pdf and Yosemite Valley Map http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/YOSEmap2.pdf:
Photos from previous years:
Aug 2011 https://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/photos/3039531/52532982/
ABOUT CLOUDS REST TRAIL: After leaving the lake, the Cloud’s Rest Trail makes a nearly imperceptible ascent through a dense forest composed primarily of lodgepole pine and mountain hemlock. You approach the northern and northeastern rim of Tenaya Canyon, which drops several thousand spectacular feet on the right. After the first 1.5 miles, you’ll reach the base of a steep slope, and you’ll commence a rather grueling 1,000′ switch backing climb that represents a huge chunk of the elevation gain on this route. At the top of the climb, you arrive to a saddle where you’ll meet a junction with the Sunrise Lakes Trail. Continue straight through the junction.
ABOUT THE 4 MILE TRAIL: This trail begins near the base of Sentinel Rock and climbs to the top of Yosemite Valley at Glacier Point. The trail maintains a continuous steep grade, following the path of an old toll trail that was completed in 1872. The trail has changed a bit over the years; it is now closer to five miles than four (and of course there is no more toll). Spectacular views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and, eventually, Half Dome await those willing to tackle this strenuous trail. Don’t skip the side trip to enjoy the view of Yosemite Valley from Union Point, located a bit over two-thirds of the way up.
The Four Mile Trail ends at Glacier Point, where restrooms, parking, and a snack stand (summer only) are available. You can choose to hike back to Yosemite Valley by reversing your route or by continuing on the Panorama Trail, which brings you to the Happy Isles Trailhead in another 8.5 miles (13.7 km).
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