Clouds Rest, Cathedral Lakes Yosemite and You

  • July 12, 2013 · 7:00 AM
  • REI

Title: Clouds Rest at sunrise and Tuolumne Meadows

Type: Camping Trip with multiple hikes. Int.- Adv. Hikes

Cool Features: Yosemite, Water Falls, rivers, and of course YOU!

Description: Camping Weekend with Multiple Hikes, Museums, Potluck meals Friday July 12 through Saturday July 13

Camping for 30, Advanced and Beginning hiking for two days in the Tuolumme Area including Clouds Rest Hike and Chathedral Lakes. Payment will include campfire wood, use of a propane stove and camping fee. We will camp for the weekend and do these hikes while chilaxin' in Yosemite. Travel on Friday and set up camp. Carb up for an early hike to Clouds rest Saturday. Saturday climb clouds rest at night to catch the sunrise and return. Sunday pack up and hike Cathedral Lakes on the way home.

Foghorn Book Description of this hike: CLOUDS REST 14.0 mi/8.0 Miles off Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park Hiking to Clouds Rest is a trip that's as epic as climbing Half Dome, but with far less people elbowing you along the way. With a 2,300-foot climb and 14 miles to cover, it's not for those who are out of shape. Then trail ascends steadily for the first four miles, descends steeply for .5 mile, then climbs again more moderately. Keep the faith-the first 2.5 miles from the trailhead are the toughest. The final summit ascent is a little dicey because of the drop offs, but as with other Yosemite peaks, watch your footing on the granite slabs, and you'll be fine. Overall, the route is much safer than climbing Half Dome, because the final ascent is far more gradual, and there are no cables to maneuver. The view from the top of Clouds Rest of Tenaya Canyon. Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, Tenaya Lake, the Clark Range, and various peaks and ridges-will knock your socks off (hope you brought along an extra pair).

Note that if this long hike has made you hot and sweaty, you can stop at the Sunrise Lakes for a swim on the on the way back-the first lake is only .25 mile from the Clouds Rest/Sunrise Trail junction.

 

For Beginner Hikers we offer 2 hikes. Both hikes are in the Tuolumne Meadows area. Dog Lake and Lembert Dome will be our goal for Saturday. This is about a 4.5 mile hike. Lembert Dome will be our high point at 9450 feet which should give us an awesome view of Tuolumne Meadows and the surrounding mountains. On Sunday we will awake do breakfast pack up the do Elizabeth Lake hike. A 4.6 mile out and back hike. This lake sits above 9000 feet under Unicorn Peak.

 

 

 

Best time to visit: Spring

Planned Hikes: Clouds Rest, Tuolumne River and valley Catherdral Rock. Museums, and nature.

Elevation Gain/Loss: from 2,300' to 3,600 depending on which hikes you pick.

Altitude at Trailhead: 8,600'

Terrain: Hiking Trails

Distance: Varies on hike selection

Difficulty Rating: Int. - Adv.  "Rating Chart"

Fitness Level: Varies see individual hike events for more details

Expected Duration: Entire Weekend

Special Skills Necessary: Ability to say "OMG" often without hurting yourself

Where to meet you:

Depart: 7am at REI Expo Store 
Setup Camp: 12:00 pm

Type of travel: Carpool, meet at departure or camp site

Things to bring: Willingness to camp and hike together for the weekend as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader.

Plus: Camping gear, "high energy" breakfasts, trail lunches, and your contribution to dinners (see "Meal Planner" file).

Plus Special Equipment: trekking poles, sunscreen, hat

Membership Required:

All adult participants must be Sacramento Trail Mix members. Minors are welcome when accompanied by their parent or guardian club member. Save time for yourself and others by completing your membership form online.

 

Host Donation: $75

Carpool : $40 plus ($20 entrance fee divided by the number of people in your car.)

Fees: $20 Per car load entrance fee.

Permits: N/A

Dogs: No Dogs Please.

Map to the campsite: GMAP

Driving instructions:

Driving directions to Tuolumne Meadows Lodge This route has tolls.

REI1790 Expo PkwySacramento, CA 95815

1. Head north on Expo Pkwy towardExposition Blvd256 ft

2. Take the 1st right onto Exposition Blvd0.2 mi

3. Take the I-80 W ramp to San Francisco/Fresno0.2 mi

4. Merge onto I-80Bus2.9 mi

5. Keep left to continue on California 51 S0.7 mi

6. Continue onto CA-99 S45.5 mi

7. Exit onto CA-4 E toward Farmington Rd0.2 mi

8. Turn right toward CA-4 E/Farmington Rd125 ft

9. Turn right onto CA-4 E/Farmington RdContinue to follow CA-4 E35.0 mi

10. Turn right onto Main St1.4 mi

11. Continue onto O'Byrnes Ferry Rd6.8 mi

12. Continue onto Co Rd E15/Obyrnes Ferry Rd4.7 mi

13. Turn left onto CA-108 E/CA-120 E (signs for Sonora)0.7 mi

14. Take the 1st right onto CA-120 E12.6 mi

15. Turn right onto Old Priest Grade1.8 mi

16. Continue onto CA-120 EThis road may be seasonally closed34.7 mi

17. Turn left onto CA-120 E/Ireland Lake

Continue to follow CA-120 E Partial toll road

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Tioga Pass RoadYosemite National Park,

Restrooms available: Toilet available at trailhead

Event Guide Contact Info: Gary

 

 

Plan on having you lunch and backpack ready Friday while we travel to the campgrounds. We will be taking three short hikes along the way.

 

Friday:

Giant SequoiasMay Lake & Mt. Hoffman and Olmstead Point

Saturday:

1:00am advanced hike: Clouds Rest Hike (We will Stop at Sunrise Lakes on the way back).

Beginner hike: 8:00am  Dog LakeLembert DomeTuolumne Meadows

Sunday:

8:00am break camp hike at 9:00am Cathedral Lakes Hike

Beginner hike 8:00am break camp hike at 9:00am Elizabeth Lake

After your Sunday hikes everyone returns home. Make sure to stop at Rainbow Fall for a quick swim.

 

Meal Planner (updated June 30th)

 

Camping items list

 

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  • Mark S.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q8yf8qb123ifd7m/JIuFvPo0hA
    Hi there peeps. This is the link to the photos I took. If you want to look at them, and take the ones you like, just fallow the instructions. If you have a problem, let me know, and I'll try to resolve it.
    Have a great day
    Mark

    July 31, 2013

  • Shelly F

    Thank you Gary, Lee and Richard! What a memorable trip! I think I can start a fire now. To everyone else thank you for the laughs, the stories, the songs and the great memories along the hiking trails. Life is good!

    July 16, 2013

    • Mark S.

      The proof is in the flames, and I didn't see any flames. You can barrow my Bic anytime though ;)

      2 · July 17, 2013

  • Colleen

    Thanks so much for the great trip!

    July 17, 2013

  • Laurie R

    Fantastic weekend, absolutely awesome. Yosemite was made better sharing it with such fun hikers. Thank you Gary, Lee, and Richard for all of your hard work.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much for making "the foreigner" feel so welcome! Great group of people, beautiful scenery. Yummy food! Thank you Richard, Lee, Gary for putting together such a nice trip!

    July 15, 2013

  • David G.

    Thanks for everything, everybody. Gary, you are the man.

    July 15, 2013

    • David G.

      I have been a chronic masticator for years. Works for me.

      July 15, 2013

    • Gary P.

      But in public? It makes me feels so vulnerable to verbal abuse. lol

      July 15, 2013

  • Lee M.

    Ditto to all the great things everybody else said. Thank you for another wonderful weekend in Yosemite. You are all so much fun!

    July 15, 2013

    • Gary P.

      Nice you could be a part of the event and experience. :)

      July 15, 2013

  • Michelle F.

    Hi, Where does the "Good to see you" comment come from on right?

    July 15, 2013

  • Michelle F.

    OMG! Fantastic!!!

    July 15, 2013

  • Jo Anne S.

    Thank you for the great trip Gary, Lee and Richard. Richard was a great leader on our Saturday hike. We all tried not to whine too much. It was great fun. And special thanks to Lee for hauling us back and forth from the parking area and for hot water in the morning.

    July 15, 2013

  • Athena

    Thank You, Gary and Lee for another great weekend trip. I loved hiking and getting to hang around with the usual suspects and meeting new friends too! And thank you to everyone whose enthusiasm helped me get to the top of Clouds Rest. Nausea, fatigue, oxygen deprivation, sleep deprivation and headaches all countered by love, laughs, encouragement, smiles and hugs.

    And Thank You, Garry (double-R), for my musical gift. I got a Peaceful Easy Feeling for you. :-)

    Quote of the weekend for me: "Lori, can you bring me a box of wine?" Love you, Megan!

    July 15, 2013

  • Mark S.

    What the hell is wrong with me, I can barely walk, everything hurts, I almost watched a new friend choke out, I paid money to do this to myself, and If I could, I would do it all again today.
    Excellent weekend
    Now to go climb a ladder, and get up on a roof. Fun stuff ;)

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Gary P.

      Ahm... it hurts everyone silly. Well except Chris's hiking machines, Sam and Joe. Haha Glad you found value in the experience and would do it again. Thanks.

      July 15, 2013

  • Kelli L.

    Thank you Gary, Lee, and Richard for hosting another amazing weekend. Thanks also to all of my favorite hiking buddies. I will go anywhere with you guys. I will get my photos up this evening.

    July 15, 2013

    • Gary P.

      You're welcome. With members like yourself it's very easy to want to do this.

      July 15, 2013

  • Chris V

    Yeah this one had everything, even the loud drunks at the camp next door!!

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Gary P.

      I think the last laugh was when they left out an ice chest and a bear ripped it up. Not good for the bear but karma is karma.

      July 15, 2013

  • Chris V

    The trip was well organized. Timing, challenge and number of hikes was excellent. Great group of people too.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Chris V

    Spicy chile w three kinds of beans plus untold spices, all in the crock pot as we SPEAK...hot DAMMMMMMM

    July 11, 2013

    • Gary P.

      Sounds like this high altitude cook off is getting hot!!!

      July 11, 2013

  • Gary P.

    Just finished making Red Curry for the main dish, choice of vegetables, tri-tip, trout( Caught by Lee), nectarines, white peaches, asparagus, avocado, fresh organic basil with or without brown rice and spice tray to kick it up your way! Bringing Caesar Salad, and various cheeses and meats. High country yumminess. Also grabbed extra fuel for the hikes, sport beans, shot blocks and of course TRAIL MIX. Getting excited... :)

    July 10, 2013

    • Megan

      Mmmmm!! Delicious. I made my pasta pesto specialty. Don't worry I also will bring wine-( and ear plugs) I'm sooo excited!!!

      July 10, 2013

    • Gary P.

      Trying to decide on whether or not to bring organic strawberry brandy made with Stevia instead of sugar. Anyone?

      July 10, 2013

  • Gigi C.

    please add someone on waiting list

    July 10, 2013

    • Gary P.

      No one on the wait list :)

      July 10, 2013

  • Gigi C.

    OK forget my message below for everything. My daughter is very sick and needs treatment and now I have to cancel. I am simply super disappointed that I cannot attend. I hope that Gary you can use the extra donation I paid for all your support and maybe somebody else can take my place.

    July 10, 2013

  • Gigi C.

    added fri appetizer and main course, sat appetizer and desert. I am getting a ride from a friend to REI so I am really counting on a carpool ride with someone :)

    July 10, 2013

  • Paul R Winther I.

    Hi Gary, How do I get on the food list? I tried to fill in on the 'word' doc meal planner but it doesn't save. I don't cook so I'm going to do us all a favor and sign up for dessert which my wife will make! Could you ad me to the dessert group?

    June 17, 2013

    • Paul R Winther I.

      Hey Mark, that's great. Meet you at REI? I have a life time pass for the national parks so our car won't have the $20.00 fee. I think my wife will drive me down from Oroville and spend the weekend in Sacramento while I'm gone so I don't have to worry about finding a place to leave my car. Thanks again Mark and see you Friday. Paul

      July 8, 2013

    • Gigi C.

      Mark I need to carpool if you have room? Need to know so I can plan a friend to drop me off in am at REI so I dont have to leave a car there. thanks a a bunch

      July 10, 2013

  • Dave X

    Sorry, but I I have to cancel.

    July 8, 2013

  • Gigi C.

    See you fri am at REI. I'd like to carpool w someone. Mark I see you have plenty of room. I will bring something to share for fri and sat potlucks. Also, wondering if no hiking poles are ok on this hike because I don't have any? I can find a good stick I'm sure!

    July 8, 2013

    • Gary P.

      If you're doing the Clouds Rest hike there is a river crossing that requires walking on rocks for about 25 yards. Poles are very helpful to do this.

      July 8, 2013

  • Jo Anne S.

    Missed the planning meeting. I will bring an appetizer for Friday and a dessert for Saturday.

    July 6, 2013

  • Hannah

    Hi Gary
    I am currently not in the US, have limited access to internet. I will be back home by 7/7
    just to let you know in case I am late in responding to any updates!

    July 3, 2013

  • joseph v.

    I am IN!

    July 3, 2013

  • Chris V

    Gary: This page says there are three spots left. I want all of them for my three kids: 22, 20 and 19. Two of them went on this trip two years ago. I am signing them up now...

    Chris Voight

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can bring an appetizer for Friday's dinner, and a dessert for Saturday's dinner. If there is something that would be more helpful to bring, please let me know, and I can do that instead.

    July 3, 2013

  • Colleen

    Hi Gary, I thought I signed up to bring a side dish for Friday but when I checked today my name wasn't there. Could you put me in for that unless there is something else that would be better. I signed up for the trip after the planning meeting, is there any thing I need to know that hasn't been covered here? I really appreciate you organizing all this! Thank you!

    July 1, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Hey Maggie, I see that you have 3 slots for the meal planner, and I only have one. If you would like to unload one of those on me, I would be glad to take it. Just let me know

    July 1, 2013

    • Gary P.

      Ahm there are two Maggies going.. You can bring a main course for five if you like.. :) I'll amend the meal planner next Monday, July 8th for the last time.

      1 · July 1, 2013

  • richard c.

    Seeing it is my first Trail Mix hike I have many questions,My wife and I will be driving from home to Tuolumne Meadows and will come home Mon. morning not Sun. night o.k. ? Where will the campgrounds be? It looks like we bring all our own meals and have a pot luck for one night, correct. I have worked 7 summers at Yosemite, have never been to Clouds rest, looking forward to it. Richard

    June 3, 2013

    • Gary P.

      There are two pot luck meals. Above at the bottom of the description is the meal planner. Open it up and see what your potluck categories are and follow the instructions at the top for how much. :)

      June 30, 2013

  • Gary P.

    Thanks for coming to the planning meeting. 40 minutes .. well done!!
    Below are the links for the meal planner and the camping items list. I posted above at the end of the event all the links to the various sites and hikes we will be seeing and doing. Getting excited... :)

    Meal Planner link: http://files.meetup.com/1305526/Yosemite%20Meal%20Planner%20July2013.doc

    Camping items list link: http://files.meetup.com/1305526/Hiking%20Gear%20List%20%28Yosemite%29.txt

    June 11, 2013

  • Michelle F.

    I am a newbie to Trail Mix and looking forward to the trip!

    June 7, 2013

  • Kathy C.

    Looking forward to it!

    June 5, 2013

  • Chris V

    Gary, how do I sign up my girlfriend's 11-year-old son?. I'm finding this challenging. Her name is Kathy Crowell and I believe she is RSVPed already.

    June 1, 2013

    • Gary P.

      amazon payments to [masked] and send his medical release.

      June 1, 2013

  • Liz J

    Wow! the trip filled up fast! i don't know if my knee would have been ready by then anyway, but it was nice to dream.... i hope you all have a absolutely wonderful time

    May 31, 2013

  • Gigi C.

    Love to join if a spot opens !

    May 18, 2013

  • Hannah

    Hi Gary,
    Is there an alternative route to the camp site by avoiding any part of Hwy 120? I am very nervous about driving thru the most winding sections of Hwy 120

    May 7, 2013

    • Gary P.

      Hi Dave, yeah guess I added the wrong Dave to the event. He already bailed. Could you add an initial to your "Dave" so it makes it easier for me to find you? Thanks

      May 8, 2013

    • Dave X

      Done. Thanks!

      May 9, 2013

  • Kelli L.

    ooooh ooooh oooooh!!!!! Can't wait! :O)

    May 8, 2013

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