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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 you’re scaling a cathedral.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average0%
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  • Terrible0%
16 Jul 2016
“Strenuous, great when you get there”
2 Aug 2015
“Almost missed the upper lake”
Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

Quite strenuous and hard work getting up there and worse down for bad knees BUT cathedral lake is stunning. The upper lake is also beautiful and different so probably only an extra 45 min return.

Thank intelligentgirls
Reviewed 3 August 2015

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

Thank sc120
Reviewed 10 January 2015

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.

Thank Xindaan
Reviewed 22 September 2013

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

19  Thank JRinGeorgia
Reviewed 24 August 2012

The views are spectacular! The lake is everything you would want in a high altitude lake. The trail was a good gain in elevation but definately worth while.

Thank LesJ831
Reviewed 25 May 2012

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

Thank David W
Reviewed 3 January 2012

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

Thank L1NK
Reviewed 22 November 2009

The trailhead to Cathedral Lakes is off the south side of the Tioga Road just west of the Tuolumne Meadows visitor center. The trail is flat for the first tenth mile before climbing steeply for the next half mile or so. The trail flattens before...More

Thank Ken97401
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