Cathedral Peak Climber's Approach

Yosemite National Park, California
Elevation Gain1,548ft
Trailhead Elevation10,321ft
Elevation Min/Max8840/10332ft
Elevation Start/End10321/10321ft

Cathedral Peak Climber's Approach

Cathedral Peak Climber's Approach is a hiking trail in Tuolumne County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 10,321 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,548 feet. Along the trail there is an information board. The trail ends near the Carabinner Post and Carabinner Post information guideposts. This trail connects with the following: John Muir Trail and Cathedral Peak Climber's Trail.
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Redondo Beach, CA
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This was a great labor day weekend hike. It is about 6.6 miles. My two sons and I started up the trail about 3:45 pm. The hike was about 2 and 1/2 hours to Cathedral Lake and 1 1/2 hours down. We did the last 30 minutes in the dark. The scenery was breathtaking. We went through some great forest paths. Along the route we saw 6 deer and a few beavers. It is a fantastic trail for the difficulty (moderate) time (4 hrs) , the elevation (10,500 ft) and the scenery (the best there is).

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Allen Riedel
"Cathedral Lakes are a popular hiking destination along the John Muir Trail in Tuolumne Meadows. Just about anyone with a little gumption can reach one or both of these alpine lakes, though the average person might be tired after the trek to both. The trail, frequented by horses and backpackers as well as day hikers, follows an even gradient. Most of its ups and downs are relatively gentle, and there are plenty of large trees, rocky dome spires, and even spots of lightning damage to look at." Read more
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Barry Parr
"Set in a high mountain valley between a meadow, a forest, and glacier-polished slabs of granite, Cathedral is one of Yosemite’s prettiest lakes. The lake and its slightly higher twin (Upper Cathedral) are very popular with backpackers, but both are close enough for an out-and-back day hike." Read more
Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
"From the stately spires of Cathedral Peak cleaving the deep blue sky to the serene lakes in broad granite saucers, the lavish scenery on the Cathedral Lakes Trail is guaranteed to please even the most jaded hiker. The Cathedral Lakes Trail offers hikers a choice of scenic destinations. The Cathedral Lakes are an ideal destination for a day hike or a low-mileage backpack. Hikers looking for a longer trip may continue on to campsites at the Sunrise High Sierra Camp (HSC) and then complete their trip by making a semi-loop to Tenaya Lake. The summer shuttle bus will solve any transportation difficulties involved in starting and ending at different trailheads." Read more

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