Cloud’s Rest Naturalist Hike

Alternative to hiking Half DomePrice: $245 per person | Ages: 12+
$100 - $250
Full Day
Half Dome
High Country
Yosemite Valley
Cloud’s Rest Naturalist Hike
Insiders will tell you that this hike is equally challenging but more rewarding than Half Dome, with a summit that provides sweeping views of Half Dome, the Cathedral Range and Tenaya Canyon. The view from here is considered by many to be even better than from the top of Half Dome. This is some of the most epic hiking available for a Yosemite day hike.

The hike to Cloud’s Rest, one of John Muir’s favorite places, begins near picturesque Tenaya Lake, considered by many to be the gateway to the high country, and continues south for over six miles to the exposed ridgeline of Cloud’s Rest. The day’s highlight will be the exhilarating half mile up to the 9,900' granite summit. The panorama from the top, free from trees, offers unobstructed views of Yosemite.

Bring your camera, plenty of water, and your sense of adventure as our guides lead you on this unforgettable journey. This trip, due to its length and elevation, will test your endurance, but the rewards are beyond spectacular!


Up to 7 participants. 2 person minimum. Reservations recommended. Contact Recreation Desk for availability and pricing for groups of 8 or more.

$245 per person, age 12 and up. Includes transportation, naturalist guide, trekking pole rental, and lunch voucher for use in our General Store. Additional $20 park admission fee per adult (waived for Yosemite Annual Pass or America the Beautiful Pass holders).

Participants should be comfortable hiking up to 13.5 miles on rolling hills with one steep climb at elevations between 8,100 and 9,900 feet. The trip is suitable for fit people ages 12 and up.

All trips meet in the Recreation Center 15 minutes before departure.

• Completed trip registration forms
• Small backpack with at least 3 liters water and snacks
• Proper footwear–tennis shoes or hiking boots
• Layered clothing including wind/rain jacket (High Country weather can be unpredictable and may include afternoon thunderstorms and wind)
• Bug repellant, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
• Camera and binoculars

• Our first-aid-certified guides carry first aid kits, permits, maps, radios/cell phones, and water filters
• Guide gratuity is not included; for exemplary service, a 10-20% tip is customary
• Prices subject to change

For more information, call (209) 379-2606 x3 or email

* Conditions permitting. Call for additional seasonal availability.

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