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Clouds Rest Day Hike Tour
Clouds Rest Guided Hike
Clouds Rest Hiking Tour
Clouds Rest Day Tour
Clouds Rest Guided Walk
Clouds Rest Walking Tour

Clouds Rest Day Hike

Highlights

  •   Spectacular Yosemite views
  •   Long, fulfilling adventure
  •   Summit an iconice Yosemite peak
  •   Amazing natural and cultural history
  •   Top-shelf backpack & trekking poles
  •   Tasty trail snacks & picnic lunch

Description

Clouds Rest is a towering summit ridge that looks down on Half Dome and the spectacular Yosemite Valley. It's the worthwhile destination of this hike, but the entire day is spectacular. We begin our trek along the shores of beautiful Tenaya Lake at an already high elevation of 8149 feet. We follow a level route for the first two miles, passing over the outlet streams of the Sunrise Lakes, before a short steep ascent brings us to the south edge of Tenaya Canyon. After a couple of more miles a steady, but not too strenuous climb of 1000 feet in a little over 2 miles brings us to the Clouds Rest summit at 9926 feet above sea level. The vistas from the summit of this Classic Yosemite Peak are an outstanding 360 degree panorama of the surrounding "Range of Light". One can see many of Yosemite’s most famous features including: the Quarter Domes, Mount Hoffmann, Vogelsang Peak, and the Cathedral Range. Looking straight down you can see Tenaya Creek, 5000 feet below!

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

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Private Day Hike Tour
Difficulty:
Solitude:
Yosemite
July-September
10-12 hours
14mi / 23km
1800 ft gain/loss
$195-$350

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Day Hike Rates

Private Day Hike Rates:

  • 1 person: $700
  • 2 people: $350 per person
  • 3 people: $280 per person
  • 4-5 people: $225 per person
  • 6-7 people: $195 per person
Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include guide gratuity


How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Day hike reservations are made through our Adventure Consultant team. You can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and make your payment.

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you'd like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you'd prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

This hike meets at Sunrise Trailhead early (around 6:00 AM). Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join daily departures (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis


Weather in the Sierras

Being a high mountain environment, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. On trips in June, snow is a possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:
 
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
Valleys
Alpine
 
 
hi
low
hi
low
 
 
January
49°
26°
45°
25°
 
 
February
55°
28°
46°
26°
 
 
March
59°
31°
48°
27°
 
 
April
65°
35°
54°
30°
 
 
May
73°
42°
62°
37°
 
 
June
81°
51°
71°
46°
 
 
July
89°
57°
77°
50°
 
 
August
89°
56°
81°
53°
 
 
September
82°
51°
71°
46°
 
 
October
74°
39°
62°
37°
 
 
November
58°
31°
51°
29°
 
 
December
48°
26°
46°
25°
 

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