Cathedral Lake Trail, Yosemite National Park

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The Cathedral Lakes are two lakes located In Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California. The lakes are situated 1.6 km (1 mi) southwest of Cathedral Peak and 3.2 km (2 mi) east-northeast of Tenaya Lake. The lower lake is located at elevation 9288ft, while the upper lake is located at elevation 9585ft. The John Muir Trail is nearby, with a 7mi round trip hike from the trailhead in Tuolumne Meadows.
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  • It managed to park along the road, which is the only option, and the seats filled up quickly the hike began with 120 meters. tough ascent through the forest with klitfyr and white Horn guy. Then the path leveled out and meandering its way through the granite blocks of different sizes with Catheral Peaks sloping up on the left side, before surmised Fairview Dome on 2966 meters between trees. Shortly after the second hard climb began at almost 200 meters, before we reached a flat plain with scattered conifers alternating with discontinued dead trees that stood straighter and ghostly-gleaming chalk-white in the Sun's rays. We eventually reaching a meadow that spread for miles with parched rivers and low creeping plants in red and green hues. Suddenly we found ourselves in the middle of the Meadow, and so now the great dramatic raw granite mountains that surrounded us on 3 sides-complete as a so-called cirkusdal, and the Blue Blue Lake right ahead. It was a sight that was all worth. The Meadow was superseded by a sloping granite surface, where individual cracks allowed low growths could get a foothold. Granite surface continued towards the Lake and thus formed the very shore. It was a beautiful place to sit on the sloping granite surface, where the Sun's rays played in its glossy constituents therefore shone like gems. It goes the same way back. the ride is moderately strenuous.
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  • This trail felt longer than I thought it would be but the ending of it is worth it. The Lake and surrounding area is beautiful and absolutely peaceful. I would highly recommend it. If you walk around ...  more »
  • I spent two lazy, blissful hours sitting by this lake all by myself on a sunny October day. It was the last day of my three day backpacking trip in the Tuolumne Meadows wilderness area. The shimmering blue lake surrounded by the granite peaks of the Sierra range makes for a gorgeous setting in which to enjoy a quiet, reflective afternoon.
  • Great trail. Not very long but all the way is up the hill. I spent 3.5 hours both ways but I met people that spent 6 hours both ways. Up to your shape

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