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
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.
Dogs: No Dogs Please.
Map to the campsite: GMAP
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.
Giant Sequoias, May Lake & Mt. Hoffman and Olmstead Point
1:00am advanced hike: Clouds Rest Hike (We will Stop at Sunrise Lakes on the way back).
Beginner hike: 8:00am Dog Lake, Lembert Dome, Tuolumne Meadows
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