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Yosemite National Park: Cathedral Lakes

ca

Star Star Star Star Star

Distance: 8.5 miles


This 8.5-miler in Yosemite National Park links Tuolumne Meadows with two pristine alpine lakes.
  • Tuolumne Meadows Panorama
  • Trail Ascent
  • Dome below Cathedral
  • Fairview Dome
  • Wooded Trail
  • Trail Marker to Upper Cathedral Lake
  • First View of Cathedral Peak
  • View from Upper Cathedral Lake
  • Ragged Granite of Cathedral Peak
  • Tresidder Peak Reflections
  • Cathedral Peak and Lake
  • Crystal Waters
  • Views from Upper Cathedral Lake
  • Relaxing at Upper Cathedral Lake
  • Upper Cathedral Lake Panorama
  • Grouse
  • Cathedral Meadow
  • Meadows
  • Granite and Grass
  • Granite Banks of Lower Cathedral
  • Cathedral Reflections

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


PLAN IT

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.


OTHER RESOURCES

GAS
Lee Vining: Chevron
51557 Highway 395
Lee Vining, CA 93541
(760) 647-6330

Groveland: Claim Jumper Outpost
17586 Highway 120
Groveland-Big Oak Flat, CA 95305
(209) 962-7153

GEAR
Mammoth Mountaineering Supply
3189 Main St.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(888) 395-3951

GROCERIES
Mammoth Lakes: Vons
481 Old Mammoth Rd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA
(760) 934-4536

RESTAURANTS
Mammoth Lakes: Angel's Restaurant
20 Sierra Blvd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-7427

Curry Village: Degnan's Deli
9015 Village Dr.
Curry Village, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
(290) 372-8454

Lee Vining: Nicely's Restaurant
Highway 395 and 4th St.
Lee Vining, CA 93541
(760) 647-6477 

Groveland: Cafe Charlotte
18736 Main St.
Groveland, CA 95321
(209) 962-6455

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