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Sunrise Creek Loop, CA
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Sunrise Creek Loop, CA 
Sunrise Creek Loop, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2013
chumley
Hiking14.22 Miles 5,067 AEG
Hiking14.22 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   1.85 mph
5,067 ft AEG
 
1st trip
We originally were going to hike the first day with 9L and then spend a couple of nights in LYV including day hikes to half dome and clouds rest, but all good plans change.

In the end we opted for a single overnight, hiking up to Sunrise Junction, bagging half dome the next morning, and heading back out later in the afternoon. It turned out to be a great plan. The area as Sunrise Junction has at least 10 different camp spots, and while we were undisturbed, several of our nearby neighbors reported bears in camp overnight, including a mom and two cubs who batted around some cannisters for a while.

There's perennial water here in a very cold stream. My feet went numb in pain after not more than 30 seconds submerged. It's a grind to get up there with a full pack, even though it's only 7 miles or so, the elevation gain really gets to you.

The hike up we went via the Mist Trail, and on the way down we endured the 227 switchbacks on the JMT. I prefer the steep stairs on Mist vs the switchbacks, but I know that others disagree with my preference.

If you can get the permits, this hike is a great way to access half dome, and if you have the time and feel up to it, it's an "easy" day hike to clouds rest from here too!
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Half Dome Spring Dripping Dripping
Moist ground and small pools of enough water to filter.
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