Clouds Rest

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Clouds Rest
Clouds Rest arete.jpg
The summit of Cloud's Rest.
Elevation 9,930 ft (3,030 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 806 ft (246 m)[2]
Parent peak Tresidder Peak[3]
Listing Sierra Peaks Section[4]
Location
Location Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California, U.S.
Range Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 37°46′04″N 119°29′21″W / 37.767853889°N 119.489226925°W / 37.767853889; -119.489226925Coordinates: 37°46′04″N 119°29′21″W / 37.767853889°N 119.489226925°W / 37.767853889; -119.489226925[1]
Climbing
Easiest route Trail hike, class 1[4]

Clouds Rest is a mountain in Yosemite National Park east northeast of Yosemite Village, California. 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.

Geography[edit]

The summit can be reached by a 7.2-mile (11.6 km) trail hike from Tioga Pass Road or a 9.4-mile (15.1 km) trail hike from Happy Isles by way of Little Yosemite Valley. There are also several technical routes available.[5]

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, rises 5,000 feet (1,520 m) above Tenaya Creek.

History[edit]

From Glacier Point, the overall arête shape of Clouds Rest (behind Half Dome) becomes evident

Lafayette H. Bunnell, a medical doctor with the Mariposa Battalion, notes that his party named the summit Clouds Rest because they returned to camp to avoid a snow storm after seeing "the clouds rapidly settling down to rest upon that mountain."[6]

Recreation[edit]

Video illustrates the very narrow arête at the summit. Views of Yosemite valley can be seen on the right.

There are three main ways to access the summit of Cloud’s Rest; via the Sunrise Lakes Trailhead off of CA-120 (commonly known as the Northeast Ridge Route); via the Happy Isles Trailhead in Yosemite Valley (commonly known as the South Slope); or via the Northwest Face of the mountain.[7] The Sunrise Lakes Trail is a round trip hike of 14.5 miles (23.3 km) that begins at an elevation of 8,150 feet (2,480 m) and gains 1,776 feet (541 m) over 7.25 miles (11.67 km) to reach the summit at 9,926 feet (3,025 m). The summit has wide-ranging 360-degree panoramic views.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Clouds Rest". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  2. ^ "Clouds Rest, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Clouds Rest". ListsOfJohn.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. http://angeles.sierraclub.org/sps/spslist.pdf. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  5. ^ "Clouds Rest". SummitPost.org. http://www.summitpost.org/page/150422. Retrieved 2012-012-24.
  6. ^ Bunnell, Lafayette H. (1892). Discovery of the Yosemite (3rd ed.). OCLC 14454959. 
  7. ^ "Cloud's Rest". IIAWT. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  8. ^ "The Clouds Rest Trail". Yosemite Hikes. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 

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