Sunrise High Sierra Camp via Sunrise Lakes Trail and Clouds Rest Trail
1 review Yosemite National Park #76 hike out of 277 in
2 hrs 21 min
This is a moderate one way trail to Sunrise High Sierra Camp in Yosemite National Park.
This trail goes by Sunrise Lakes.
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Yosemite Sunrise Trail to Cathedral Lakes Trail
After consultation with the ranger at Big Oak Flat Ranger Station, and a surprising rain delay, Karen and I headed out on the Sunrise Trailhead at last. We had some options as to how far and how many days we would go. We passed the Sunrise Lakes and looked around at the seemingly-abandoned Sunrise High Sierra Camp. It was not yet open for the season. We decided not to extend the length, but instead headed onto the Cathedral Lakes trailhead back towards Tuoloumne Meadows. We camped at a spectacular high site with panoramic views at 9900K feet. We woke up in the middle of the night to look at the stars. Wow! Saw the Milky Way for the first time. Next day we hiked 6.5 miles back to Tuoloumne Meadows, and took the Yosemite shuttle back to the car at Sunrise Trailhead. This was Karen's first time at elevation,and she had zero issues. This means multiple day High Sierra backpacking trips are in our future!
8/24/15: Tuolumne Meadows to Sunrise HSC
We walked for a mile from Tuolumne Meadows to evaluate our packs (load balances and strap adjustments). Then, we caught the shuttle to the trailhead. This track begins at the trailhead, and ends at Sunrise High Sierra Camp. The lessons we learned were: 1) pack lighter! 2) train more on the stairmaster at the gym before the trip 3) a day and a half of altitude acclimation is the bare minimum! Another day would've been very helpful!