Yosemite National Park: Cathedral Lakes to Happy Isles via Clouds Rest Professional Review and Guide
"With a wink and a nod to the Grand Canyon’s endless curves, Glacier’s spiky summits, and Yellowstone’s steaming geyser basins, Yosemite is the beauty queen of the national parks. No other park can quite match the granite domes, ground-shaking waterfalls, and massive sequoia groves for sheer scenic power. And no other stretch of trail better captures it all than these miles from Tuolumne Meadows, over a classic summit, and past a pair of cascades.
The highlights start rolling after the first 3.5 miles on the John Muir Trail, when you reach Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes in an alpine bowl under 10,940-foot Cathedral Peak."