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Hiking to Clouds Rest - August 2007

The hike to Clouds Rest is a 22 mile, four day and three night hike beginning at Tenaya Lake just off Tioga Road and ending at Yosemite Valley with spectacular summits of Clouds Rest and Half Dome in between. Clouds Rest is a fairly strenuous hike over a well defined and signed trail through beautiful forest. The final "scramble" is not for those with a fear of heights. The "payoff" for all the effort is an inspiring 360 view of Yosemite back country from the summit of Clouds Rest at an elevation of 9949 feet over Yosemite Valley.

The hike to the top of the famous Half Dome is a must do for adventure seeking Yosemite National Park visitors. After a steep climb to the base of the dome is the intimidating final climb up the infamous Half Dome cables which allow hikers to reach the top of the enormous granite dome. Again, the "payoff" of reaching the top is worth the heart pounding climb. Spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and back country from the 8800 foot summit.

All-in-all a great trip!

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