The Tenaya Lake outlet, dangerously high in some years, is barely a trickle in July of 2013.
The first peek of Clouds Rest from the trail. It's the point on the right on the distant ridge.
Looking across at Hoffmann, another Yosemite classic I want to do again.
Hoffmann and Tuolumne Peak ridge.
Typical yosemite trail sign at the top of the first climb.
Lupines in the meadow below Sunrise Mountain.
Unnamed mosquito pond along the trail.
Finally we spy Clouds Rest again, the first time since the distant view near the beginning of the hike. Almost there.
This is a busy trail. Don't let the lack of people in the photo fool you - the width and wear on this trail should give it away.
On the Clouds Rest ridge, looking down on Tenaya Canyon.
Approaching the spine of Clouds Rest
Several people stopped here. After ascending this bit, the ridge gets narrow. Although there is more than enough space, people sensitive to heights might be uncomfortable.
Approaching the final ridge.
On the ridge, one finally catches a view of Half dome and Yosemite Valley
Tenaya Canyon is a bit mind blowing in scale.
The Clark Range dominates the view to the South
The rock formations up here are interesting.
Looking back on the Clouds Rest 'catwalk'. It reminds me a bit of Angels Landing in Zion if you flattened it out and removed the chains.
Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest
Yosemite Valley. Hellooooo little tiny people!
Half Dome. Didn't have a proper lens to zoom in on the cables but rest assured they were busy.
View to the east - Lyell and McClure are the main peaks in the middle.
Clark Range again. I was fascinated by the northwest ridge of Mt Clark.
North - Conness and other northern Yosemite/Hoover Wilderness peaks.
Yosemite peaks without labels...
More pretty views without labels...
People coming up the ridge - despite its popularity and crowds, it is a really cool peak.
My guns, they crush Half Dome.
I think we'll just hang out here all day.
Oh my god, I'm such a nerd. Sorry.
Zoomer on Lyell and McClure
And a zoomer on that pretty, pretty NW ridge of Clark. I think it is currently beyond my pay grade, but that doesn't stop me from lusting after that beautiful line.
As I headed down I was shocked to have the catwalk ridge to myself for a brief moment. Plenty wide, but the big dropoff to both sides spooks a lot of people not used to the exposure. Kind of like Conness.
Sat here for a while. I could look at this all day.
A nice view of Sunrise peak from the trail on the descent. Hm, next target?