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Challenging hike to picturesque lake

The start to this trail is near Tuolume Meadows. There are parking lots along the street to Tioga... read more

Reviewed 26 December 2017
Have lunch & enjoy the view!

We did this hike on a nice sunny Thurs., 9/14/17. After the drive from El Portal and stops at... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Columbia, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the lake (on the right side) you can...More

Thank Darcy M
Reviewed 11 July 2018

Cathedral Lakes Trail is 7 mi /11.3 km roundtrip with an elevation change of 1000 ft/300 m with a 1 mi/1.6 km roundtrip spur trail to the Lower Cathedral Lake. The trail is like a staircase: the first 0.8 mi ascends 600 ft, the next...More

Thank pingaroo
Reviewed 26 December 2017

The start to this trail is near Tuolume Meadows. There are parking lots along the street to Tioga Pass. The hike to the Cathedral Lake in the High Sierra was quite challenging the end of September but great. The trail climbs up steadily and the...More

Thank EdithTa
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We did this hike on a nice sunny Thurs., 9/14/17. After the drive from El Portal and stops at Olmstead Point and the Tuolumne Visitors Center we parked off the shoulder of Tioga Road near the port-a-pots by the trail head at about 1030. There...More

1  Thank JohnAnnColumbia_MD
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Nice hike from 8000-9600 feet, approx 2 hours each way, cathedral lake is pretty, the hike is most difficult for the first one mile then gets easier

Thank Allan T
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This is a fairly long hike to get to this lake. For me, if i wanted to do a day hike in Tuolumne meadows, I would just hike up and back on the john muir trail up the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River -...More

Thank Wanderdogs
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

This was a great hike! Loved reaching the point where we could play in the snow. My kids had a snowball fight in July! Not sure if it was due to all of the moisture or if it's typical on this trail, but we regretted...More

Thank Laurie D
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We hiked Cathedral Lake trail the first week of September 2016. It is a 11km (7miles) round trip. The trail goes mostly uphill, so you have to be in decent shape. There are nice spots around the lake to have lunch and enjoy the scenery...More

Thank cestovatel25
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Me and girlfriend hike the cathedral lake trail in October. It about 7 miles return hike mostly up and down hill! It's definitely well worth the hike when you get there! Breathtaking view! The only downside we thought that's is hard to find the start...More

Thank Dadson23
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The hike up to Cathedral Lakes is about 8 miles round trip with 1000 ft of elevation change so it's "quite a hike" but when you finally get to the Lake it is well worth it. The granite that surrounds the lake is very impressive...More

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