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After going up and down a few more hills, we finally made the final ascent to the top of Clouds Rest. And then the entire Yosemite Valley and beyond (Yosemite West) came into view. Half Dome brooded like a gatekeeper at the mouth of Tenaya Canyon. The valley view stretched as far as Tunnel View, way passed El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks, which was incredible. Frankly (and this is solely my own opinion) the view from there topped the view from the top of Half Dome. Especially when those two hikes took place in only two days apart, it was easily comparable, and I enjoyed this view way more. Maybe because Clouds Rest (‎9,926 feet) was higher in elevation. Or maybe because I wasn’t so close to Yosemite Valley. In other words, staying on top of Clouds Rest offered a way better vantage point of the valley and beyond. As much as I had appreciated the view from the top of Half Dome (8,844 feet) two days earlier, I enjoyed my stay at the top of Clouds Rest a whole lot more. And it was free and I didn’t have to enter the lottery to win the permit. Of course, some may argue that I am saying this because Half Dome is now checked off my bucket list. Or I may have said differently if I hiked Clouds Rest first, followed by Half Dome. However, what I can say is this. I liked the view from Clouds Rest then, and I still want to go back and hike Clouds Rest.

Yosemite National Park, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • 35mm / 1/8000 sec at ƒ/5.6 / ISO 1600
  • Taken 8/27/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji


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