Ascent of Clouds Rest on 2010-09-13

Climber: Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach

Others in Party:Agnes
Date:Monday, September 13, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clouds Rest
    Elevation:9926 ft / 3025 m

Ascent Trip Report

Awesome! Parked at TH after driving from Touloumne Meadows. Had a daypack with 2 liters of water and some snacks. Epic hike up to Clouds Rest - LOTS of elevation gain and loss - especially the mile high stairs leading to the Half Dome Overlook. Trail was one of the most beautiful ever, and it reminded me of Lord of The Rings. Saw a few other hiking groups, but not many people overall. Final 1/4 mile is on VERY exposed finger to the peak - windy and very exposed. Trail is easy to find, but there were steep drop offs on both sides. Looking down at Half Dome was amazing - seeing the cables and lines of people hauling themselves to the top - I won't forget it. Had a lunch and found the survey markers :) Windy - so it was great to have a warm jacket. Could see prominant peaks from nearly every direction, and Yosemite Valley looked really great! Not enough water carried - and I had to ration on the way back.... Felt great on this hike and would gladly do it again.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3426 ft / 1044 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Trailhead:6500 ft / 1981 m
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Yosemite Backpacking!

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Glen Aulin, High Sierra Camp2010-09-10 
2Waterwheel Falls2010-09-10 
3May Lake High Sierra Camp2010-09-111400 ft / 427 m
4May Lake High Sierra Camp Lake Loop2010-09-11 
5Mount Hoffmann2010-09-112650 ft / 808 m
6Elizabeth Lake2010-09-12500 ft / 152 m
7Clouds Rest2010-09-133426 ft / 1044 m
8Mist Falls2010-09-140 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 7976 ft / 2431 m    Total Trip Loss: 6076 ft / 1852 m

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