Cathedral Lake

Camp Richardson, California 96156

Cathedral Lake

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"Mount Tallac, at more than 9,700 feet in elevation, dominates nearly every South Lake Tahoe vista. It’s also a powerful presence on the hike to Cathedral Lake, a peaceful tarn cupped among jumbled rock and thick-trunked evergreens that sits at the base of one of the peak’s talus fields."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Lake Tahoe (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"Iconic Mount Tallac, which dominates nearly every South Lake Tahoe vista, is a powerful presence on this hike. Cathedral Lake, a peaceful tarn cupped in jumbled rock and thick-trunked evergreens, lies at the terminus of one of the 9,728-foot peak’s talus fields. The daunting rampart of Mount Tallac shadows every foot of the rustic trail to Cathedral Lake. Though the elevation gain is significant, the climbing is never painfully steep, and is mitigated by great views, shade, and a stop to rest and refuel (or turn around) at Floating Island Lake. The ultimate des- tination is Cathedral Lake, set in a talus-rimmed bowl near treeline on Tallac’s southeast flank." Read more

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7/2/2011
Fabulous views of Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe. There was still snow on many parts of the trail, making the trail a bit hard to find. Overall, a great hike.
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Trail Information

Camp Richardson
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4–5 hours
Duration
Late spring, summer, early fall
Season
USGS Emerald Bay CA
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Dec 2018