Cathedral Lake Trail, Yosemite National Park

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#11 of 17 in Trails in Yosemite National Park
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  • The climb to the lakes is long and pretty steep, but the forest is nice to walk in. Both lakes are beautiful, though I found the upper one to be more secluded and special. A walk around the lower... 
    The climb to the lakes is long and pretty steep, but the forest is nice to walk in. Both lakes are beautiful, though I found the upper one to be more secluded and special. A walk around the lower...  more »
  • The hike is a tedious average upward sloping hike through the woods (though pretty woods) and so it is the destination that makes this a five star hike. The first lake in particular is a beauty... 
    The hike is a tedious average upward sloping hike through the woods (though pretty woods) and so it is the destination that makes this a five star hike. The first lake in particular is a beauty...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This was a nice, moderate hike. The steep upward grade at the very beginning was probably the most challenging part. I would say the payoff of being spit out into the Cathedral Peak Basin was well worth it! The boulders, the lakes, and the haunting view of Cathedral Peak towering over everything was surreal.

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