Lower Cathedral Lake Trail

Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Elevation Gain196ft
Trailhead Elevation9,435ft
Elevation Min/Max9296/9435ft
Elevation Start/End9435/9435ft

Lower Cathedral Lake Trail

Lower Cathedral Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 9,435 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 196 feet. This trail connects with the following: John Muir Trail.

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"Justifiably popular Lower Cathedral Lake receives so much backpacker use that those who can visit this scenic lake in only one day—an easy task—should do so. Another option is to visit Medlicott and Mariuolumne domes, worthy goals in themselves. Since free shuttle buses operate between Tuolumne Meadows and Tenaya Lake, strong dayhikers have another option: after visiting Lower Cathedral Lake, follow the John Muir Trail 4.7 miles to Sunrise High Sierra Camp, then head out and down 5.8 miles to Tenaya Lake, for a grand total of about 15 miles. Then take the shuttle bus back to your trailhead."

"Lower Cathedral Lake sits at 9,250 feet in a bowl beneath the shadow of Cathedral Peak. Glaciated mountains curve around the southwest side of the lake, while bedrock surrounds the lake's perimeter. This subalpine trail up to the lake has views of the Tenaya Lake basin and the smooth, bare Fairview Dome. This trail is part of the John Muir Trail."

"One of Yosemite’s ultimate destination hikes, this walk takes you through dense forest to reach a spectacular lake—a large, deep glacial-carved (cirque) lake mostly encircled by smooth, polished granite and steep, glacial-carved walls. The walk is pleasant but underwhelming in comparison to the lake and therefore best for children who are old enough to understand a delayed reward."

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Yosemite National Park
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USGS Tenaya Lake
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Oct 2018