In 2017, record snow pack caused the park service to not open the High Sierra Camp, but on more normal years, there are also cabins available that visitors can rent with food available. Climb Hermaphrodite Flake to Boltway in Yosemite National Park. As you climb, sweeping vistas of the Yosemite High Country come into view. 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). We mostly just trudged along, trying to make mileage knowing our day ahead wasn’t just a cakewalk. Backpacking Light. There are at least a dozen campsites scattered around this area, and most have a small, rock fire ring. Drag your camera and your sleeping bag out onto the rocks and cuddle with a friend as you watch our friendliest star turn the night sky into a rainbow sorbet. After breakfast on your own, you will meet your guide in front of the Curry Village Mountain Shop at 7:30am. We left John Muir Trail at SHSC and took sunrise lakes trail at the junction. Drive your car to the Tenaya Lake Trail Head, and leave it parked there. This is one of the best trails in Yosemite, and it has much less traffic compared to other trails. They pop up around the plentiful streams that feed the lakes from the surrounding mountains. You will either have to shuttle cars, hitchhike, or catch the Tioga Rd Shuttle to do this After the trail splits, it climbs along a gently graded slope through Sunrise Lakes. We reluctantly donned our hiking gear and departed from Sunrise Lakes. Length 9.4 miElevation gain 2388 ftRoute type Out & back Polly Dome Lakes. Hiking South from Cathedral Pass our views are limited to the sweet meadow descending gently in elevation to our South, and the stunning canyon walls bracketing the meadow. The best sites are up on the granite slabs with a view of the massive meadow and the trail’s intersection with the John Muir Trail. We’ll leave our cars here in the parking lot and take a shuttle to the Sunrise Trailhead at Tenaya Lake (8,140’). The shuttle takes about an hour. Meeting Location: Sunrise Lakes Trailhead at 8,150′ High Point: Clouds Rest Summit: 9926′ Elevation Gain: 1,776′ The Clouds Rest hike begins at 7am at the Sunrise Trailhead parking along the west shore of Tenaya Lake. From the Cascades Lake trailhead, the trail drops down to the dam then climbs gently for about 1 mile to “68 Lakes”. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter packed with the best adventure guides, travel ideas, news, and articles. You'll need to carry all your water up with you, as there are no water sources up there. 2. Ten Lakes is one of my favorite short backpacking trips in Yosemite. The Best Winter Adventures in North America. If you love wildflowers, check out this trail in the mid- to late-summer. Clouds Rest is famously one of the best views of Yosemite’s Valley. It’s about building relationships with the outdoors and each other. From Sunrise High Sierra Camp you can easily connect to other trails in the high country or turn around and head back the way you came if you only wanted a quick overnight. We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. I've camped at the Sunrise Lakes several times, and I usually have the surrounding area all to myself. It’s possible to hike from camp to camp across Yosemite with minimal gear if you’re lucky enough to win the lottery for these highly prized reservations. All rights reserved. We hiked up to the three Sunrise Lakes, about a 9 mile hike … Next hike to the bottom Cloud's Rest (get water on the way), and find a camping spot. Starting out from the Tenaya Lake tr... Start and end this loop from the Sunrise Lakes TH along the Tioga Road, and in between you'll travel over 26 miles through Yosemite's backcountry gaining and losing over 7,000 feet in elevation. Valley of Five Lakes. Wildflowers. 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. Don't miss the granite ridge northwest of the lake. adventures and follow local regulations. Don't forget your Wilderness permits if you're backpacking! Great summer backpacking . You can summit Cloud’s Rest on a day hike but it’s most spectacular as an overnighter, which we did after backpacking in from Sunrise Lakes. The final trail sign is at the base of the scramble which last the final 10 minutes of your ascent to the summit. We walked for a mile from Tuolumne Meadows to evaluate our packs (load balances and strap adjustments). Trail climbed up about 200 ft. and leveled off. Denis 5 years, 3 months ago 8/24/15: Tuolumne Meadows to Sunrise HSC. Stunning views. Each of the lakes is heavily wooded, so feel free to bring a hammock and lounge while reading your favorite book! Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. My 16-year-old son (Cade) choose the day hike for us today. It’s about more than standing on the mountain top. Awesome spot to score a walk-up wilderness permit when Tuolumne fills up. The Outbound works best with JavaScript enabled. You can park at the Tuolumne Meadows Ranger Station and take the free shuttle to the trailhead. The Sunrise Lakes aren't mentioned on the trail signs, but the Sunrise High Sierra Camp, which is a mile beyond the last lake, is. Then, we caught the shuttle to the trailhead. We promise not to annoy you, but if you wish, you may unsubscribe at any time. The second checkpoint has no sign pointing to Clouds Rest, but helpful hikers have created a rock CR that usually has an arrow pointing to the right. Distance: 6 miles (9.6 km) round trip. The trail descends somewhat steeply for a bit before ascending, most of the way through the forest. Easily attainable High Sierra views and lakes for swimming after a hike up the pass. We hiked about 2.3 miles to Sunrise lakes for the night. Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment? An easy backcountry destination with stunning alpine lakes and meadows lies just off Tioga Road in northern Yosemite National Park. Upper Pines Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain R... Because this is not a loop, you will need to figure out a shuttle situation. Sunrise Lakes is a beautiful detour and in the solitude of the High Sierra, you can't go wrong. Tricky permit system. Highlights: Lakes. Half Dome get's all the attention but the views at Cloud's Rest are PHENOMENAL. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more! This is right off of Higway 120/Tioga Road between Olmstead Point and Tenaya Lake. Viewing 9 posts - 1 through 9 (of 9 total) Forums are supported by our merchant partners . 5.0 I found it even more memorable than the half dome cables. Campfires are allowed since the area is below 9600' elevation. Bonus: you'll be the first ones on top of Clouds Rest the next morning, and you'll have it all you yourself. It also brings unique challenges—timing your hike for sunrise or sunset, hiking in dim light, and watching the show in cooler twilight temperatures. Make it an overnight by camping north of Clouds Rest. Once re-connected to the Clouds Rest trail you begin a brief descent before you come across the only lake on the CR Trail. Vermillion Lakes. Outdoor Project may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers. Sunrise Lakes Sunrise lake trail was our destination for this backpacking trip. This is a great 5.7/5.8 linkup for anyone looking for an intermediate climb in Tuolumne. We've been pointed almost directly South since passing the Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes hiking up to and over the gentle rise of Cathedral Pass's 9680 feet of elevation. The "younger" brother of the world famous Half Dome, Clouds Rest is in fact a solid 1,000 feet taller despite receiving significantly less attention. Clouds Rest and Sunrise Lakes Loop is a 23 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Alpine lakes. From the junction with the Clouds Rest Trail, take a left onto the Sunrise Lakes Trail and hike 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. From here it descends for another 2 miles to the campsite at “Sunrise Lake” at elevation 6,250 feet. If your trip is taking you into western Canada, Lake Louise and Banff are probably … Park in the lot at the southwest corner of Tenaya Lake and hike in past the bear boxes and toilets. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Welcome to Sunrise Lakes ♣ Would you like to play FREE golf and tennis ALL YEAR ROUND!? As the name might suggest, sunrises are epic at this spot and well worth getting up early for. Tioga Rd, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389, USA, © 2020 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. 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. Tuolumne Meadows Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mount... Free ranger-led campfire programs and guided hikes are offered daily for Tuolumne Meadows Lodge guests. Home › Forums › Campfire › Pre-Trip Planning › Yosemite Tuolumne Meadows to Sunset lakes via Cathedral pass? The trail goes right by the shores of the first and third Sunrise Lakes, but passes about a hundred meters to the south of the second one, and the more absentminded class of hiker could miss it. Hike north from Sunrise Lakes to Cathedral Lakes Hike north from Cathedral Lakes to Tuolumne Meadows Set up Camp at Tuolumne Meadows backpackers Campground July 17th (Sun): Day hikes around Tuolumne Meadows Pack and leave for home around noon. Sunrise/Merced Lake: Sunrise Lake trail begins at the Tenaya Lake trailhead and travels 3.3 miles to the campsites on Sunrise Lakes. Be more. The path passes six alpine lakes and every lake can be considered a perfect destination. From the summit you can see the evidence of the aptly named, Little Valley Fire. You'll reach the first lake in about half a mile, and the other two are each spaced another half mile apart afterwards. We crossed larger lake and camped at smaller lakes. Overview Make this an overnight with a scenic stay Sunrise Lakes. A small stream bubbles through the camp, allowing for easy water access. Cloud's Rest is also a manageable day hike as a Half Dome alternative. After reading posts on here, I am increasingly worried this will not … There's a flat area off the trail with great view of sunset over Yosemite Valley. You do have to hop across some trickles and streams along the duration of the hike as well. We stayed at Tuolumne meadow backpacker camp before our hike to Sunrise lakes the next day. Drive up early to catch the sunrise (there’s a reason this site on the Eastern aspect of Mount Rainier is named Sunrise), and then hike far above turquoise-green lakes and into the rugged, sparsely beautiful landscape of the alpine on this gorgeous trail. When you want to enjoy lakes but don't want to share them with the hordes at Tenaya Lake, head for Sunrise Lakes. The third (and farthest) lake is the most beautiful. Did a backpacking trip that took me to Sunrise Lakes and then Clouds Rest in 2013. The trail will descend about 450 feet, and you’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot the wooden building housing the vault toilets off to your left. I took advantage of a good weather window in October to go on a solo backpacking trip in Washington. If you continue straight instead of turning left to go to the Sunrise Lakes, you'll be on the trail to Clouds Rest. Sunrise Lake Base Camp. I only saw five other parties on the 75 mile trip along the PCT between Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass. Lots of people camp at Sunrise Lake so don't expect to be alone and also expect there might be some bear activity since its heavily used. It’s about protecting what sustains us. Start out at the Tenaya Lake Trailhead, where you can head directly onto the trail for Clouds Rest or you can branch off after 2.7 miles to Sunrise Lakes. If you know about this hidden gem however, you're in luck. Please explore responsibly! Yosemite Tuolumne Meadows to Sunset lakes via Cathedral pass? Clouds Rest is one of my favorite views in the Sierra. TL:DR You don’t have to go very far to see some pristine high sierra lakes and epic sunsets. Sunrise trailhead is notorious for out-of-bounds camping and hefty fines. Here's a quick video I put together from a camping trip to Yosemite National Park a few weeks back with some good homies. Sunrise and sunset hikes are a wonderful way to greet the day or night. This means multiple day High Sierra backpacking trips are in our future! Saturday: Climb Half Dome. Get water at Sunrise Creek. The path begins as a mellow stroll through the woods, but it quickly hits a large set of steep switchbacks after the first mile, climbing 1,000 feet over uneven granite stairs. Getting to the Sunrise Trailhead Definitely recommend taking your time and making it into a bit of a trip. I spent five days on the trip, so I had a lot of time to read, take photos, and relax by the beautiful lakes … This allows you to break up the hike, spend a night relaxing and help you have an early start back on the trail. Sunrise Lakes Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. I definitely recommend reaching the summit for a beautiful sunrise! Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your Valley of the Five Lakes is a popular hiking destination in Jasper National Park. Pack up stuff and hike to junction where Cloud's Rest Trailhead meets JMT and find camping spot nearby. We believe good things come from people spending time outside. A fantastic backpacking trip from Tioga to the Valley, then take the YARTS bus back to your car. After an hour or two of hiking, you can set up camp on Sunset Creek just past the Clouds Rest junction. Despite an elevation change of 2,700 feet, the biggest challenge on the hike was the extra weight in water we had to carry. Highly recommend at least night in the backcountry. Connect with the landscape before (or after) you take in the majesty of Cloud's Rest. Met a lot of people day hiking to Cloud's Rest. The Palisades Lakes Trail that starts at Sunrise Point, offers splendid views of wonderful lakes along your way. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from May until September. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views including Yosemite Valley and Little Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest. Make it a longer trip by taking the bus to Tuolumne Meadows and taking the John Muir trail toward Sunrise Lakes and then to Clouds Rest, and finally back down to the Valley via the Mist Trail. Elevation Gain: 600 feet … Hiking at these different times of day mixes up your hiking routine and creates memories with friends and family. Below is the “out-and-back” Sunrise … There are two options for this:1. I had spoken to several hikers this summer while exploring around Cathedral Lakes that the Sunrise Camp and Lakes loop was one that I should commit to doing. Any advice on the above would me much appreciated. A bit crowded at camp. The trail is a popular one, so be prepared to see lots of fellow hikers at least up to the first of the three lakes. Pack less. If you decide to continue on towards Little Yosemite Valley you are back in the land of opportunity and can try and get to the top of Half Dome, or spend some time at Merced Lake. Shadow Lake Trail is a wonderful, easy and family friendly hike in the Sunrise Area. If you want to hike all the way to the Sunrise High Sierra Camp to watch the incredible early morning views as the sun warms the sky above a massive, picturesque meadow, continue another mile past the third lake. To camp your first night in the Glen Aulin backpackers' camp: Glen Aulin Trail. Ample parking. Friday: Wake up early and hike Cloud's Rest to observe the sunrise. We arrived a bit early to set up camp and view the surrounding area. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure. The Ahwahnee offers a gift shop with a focus on local artisans, a decadent sweet shop, a comfortable bar and a heated outdoor swimming po... Overview The second lake is a tiny bit off trail, but the first and third lakes have many campsite options a short walk from the main trail, making them easy to use for a water source, lunch break, or overnight spot. It’s about nourishment and learning. You can actually submit for a permit to Half Dome and hit that on your way back to Yosemite Valley if you have time. To hike south to Clouds Rest, Sunrise Lakes, or Sunrise High Sierra Camp: Sunrise; What is the difference between the two Glen Aulin trailheads? Sunrise Lakes, the halfway point for many to Clouds Rest. The other option is to turn and follow the trail back out to the Tenaya Lake trail head which would take 2-3 hours. Day 2 Hike to Sunrise Lakes. Follow that until you clear the treeline and can really take in the views. Roughly 2.1 miles into the hike, the trail splits for Clouds Rest, which would be an excellent side-hike if you’re looking to pack in a full day of hiking before reaching camp at one of the lakes. We did this 12.6 mile thru hike over 3 days/ 2 nights with plenty of time to take in the scenery, relax, and do some day hike exploring. This allows you to break up the hike, spend a night relaxing and help you have an early start back on the trail. Length 23 miElevation gain 5682 ftRoute type Loop We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. Half Dome and the valley comprise the other view that stretches to the horizon. Seeing those granite slabs fall into the valley 5,000 ft below while looking down on half dome was just awe-striking. This trail goes by Sunrise Lakes. Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, California. 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