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Venture into the high country and visit two pristine alpine lakes, named for the prominent Cathedral Peak, which towers above them. This 8.5-mile out-and-back to Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes makes a perfect dayhike or backpacking destination from Tuolumne Meadows.
-Mapped by Dave Miller
GUIDEBOOK AND MAP: The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park, 6th Edition ($12.95, yosemitegifts.com). Plan other trips in the park using BACKPACKER's Yosemite National Park page.
CONDITIONS: For current conditions and updates, go to nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.
PERMIT: The park requires a permit to hike the cables on Half Dome. A maximum of 400 permits will be issued each of these days (300 of these permits are available to dayhikers). For details, go to nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits.htm.
Overnight camping in Yosemite National Park requires a backcountry permit. Check out the latest fees and more details at nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/permits.htm.
MORE PARK INFO: Yosemite National Park, (209) 372-020; nps.gov/yose
GPS DATA: Download tracks and waypoints, print or order custom topos, from the menu on the left.