Yosemite National Park Cathedral Lakes to Happy Isles via Clouds Rest

Yosemite, California 95389

Yosemite National Park Cathedral Lakes to Happy Isles via Clouds Rest

Yosemite National Park: Cathedral Lakes to Happy Isles via Clouds Rest Professional Guide

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"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."

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"This part of the JMT is also called the Sunrise Trail and takes you from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley. It’s one of the Park’s most famous and most used backpack routes because its miles contain a magnificent range of flora and fauna, and the trail surveys some of the Park’s best-known landmarks. This is a fine trip for backpackers who have a couple of shorter trips under their belts and want more."

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Trail Information

Yosemite
Nearby City
24
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 days
Duration
Yosemite National Park, 209-372-020; nps.gov/yose
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