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Hiking up this steep seven-kilometer ridge, it might occur to hikers that its name, Cathedral Range, derives either from the spectacular view if offers or from the fact that it feels like youre scaling a cathedral.
Granite meets glacial carved lakes. The scenery is astounding and the air fresh and clean. If you love jagged peaks, pristine glacial lakes and maybe the occasional bear sighting, this is the area for you.
This was an interesting trail switching between dry areas, wetland zones, and snowy areas. Watch out for the Mosquitoes, they are huge and numerous. The little pools at the stream close to the lake were so clear I wanted to stop and swim. Along the...More
The hike to the lower lake was nice. There were more bugs than on any other trail I was on. After that, I took the other fork to the upper lake but had a hard time finding it. I knew it was only 0.5 miles...More
Backpacking is recommended. You can get farther, it's less crouded, and you are surrounded by beautiful mountains and can witness wonderful sunsets and sunrises. Spending the night near Lower or Upper Cathedral Lake is both fine.
How to rate this hike depends a lot on exactly what parts of this trail you want to cover. It seems other reviewers are only considering the hike from Tuolumne Meadows to Lower Cathedral Lake and back, but there's a lot more to see than...More
The Cathedral range is the prototypical High Sierra granite range with spectacular views. Cathedral lake is one of my favorite day hike destinations with granite slabs sloping into the lake and fantastic views up to Cathedral Spire and down to Tenya lake. The terrain in...More
The Cathedral Range is heavily impacted with hikers, climbers and backpackers. Very popular. With good reason. Easy hike to get right up into it from Tioga Road in Tuolumne Meadows. I suggest day hiking when possible to minimize your impact on this lovely area. Can...More