On April 2, 2017 March 2, 2019 By l2ik0 In Backpacking, Hiking, Journey to 59, Summer. Who doesn’t like the outdoors? When it stopped raining we climbed out of tents and we had a chance to look around. We stopped for lunch at Whoa Nellie Deli in the Mobile Gas parking lot in Lee Vining. After packing up camp and hauling backpacks back to the car we walked to Curry Village for breakfast. Near the top of the climb, it passes a spur trail to Lower Cathedral Lake (0.5 mile to lake). We wanted to go to the store and it doesn’t open until 10:00 a.m. so we walked around the valley. Why you should go: A short out-and-back hike up to a pair of stunning glacial lakes, nestled under the towering shadow of Cathedral Peak. Unfortunately, by 2:00 pm a thunderstorm rolled in and we had to retreat to our tents. After breakfast, we filled up a collapsible bucket and washed our hair with some biodegradable soap. Now that I think about it, I can’t believe that trip was only 12 miles…and over 3 days no less. I think it might just be excitement though. We hung out, made dinner and enjoyed the sunset. The trail through this area is the famous John Muir Trail, which sees high traffic all season. BC Parks classifies this as a strenuous hike. Just take my word for it. One of the most popular day hikes in the Tuolumne Meadows area, Cathedral Lakes explores some of the grandest glacially-carved terrain in the Yosemite high country. 2020 was supposed to be the year that Sally and I hiked Mt. Back at camp we again had to filter water. As soon as we got out of the car we had a great view of Tuolumne Meadows. Next we got out our stoves and cooked some dinner. This section of the trail is sort of along a ridge. We were in hiking boots with zero climbing gear, it was a relatively low key scramble but gave you a stunning view of the lake and peak on the opposite side. Though somewhat damaged and heavily loaded I was moving quickly through lots of day hikers. We did this 12.6 mile thru hike over 3 days/ 2 nights with plenty of time to take in the scenery, relax, and do some day hike exploring. We're hiking South up beyond Upper Cathedral Lake approaching Cathedral Pass looking back to our North at the North Yosemite Backcountry, specifically the ridgeline descending West off the Sierra Crest at Matterhorn Peak dividing the Matterhorn drainage on the Left from that of Spiller Creek on the Right. The thing is, getting up there is a bit tricky. It rained for about an hour and half and the temperature dropped dramatically. After my hour-long meeting, I was given a code to finalize my permit. Whitney, but instead, we did a 3-night backpacking trip to Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite. Hiking There are three well-defined hiking trails into the park. You can book a return Jeep trip through Cathedral Lakes Lodge, the owners of the singular private road to the top. Head left here at the split and continue another half mile to Upper Cathedral Lake. Cathedral Lakes. Location: Yosemite National Park Trailhead: Tuolumne Meadows, elevation 8,565 feet Highest point on the trail to the lower lake: 9,565 feet Lower Cathedral Lake elevation: 9,288 feet Upper Cathedral Lake elevation: 9,685 feet Elevation Gain: lower lake 1,000 feet, upper lake 1,120 feet Hiking Distance: lower lake 3.5 miles, Cathedral lakes trail was unambiguous choice. Gearing up for a challenge? Your email address will not be published. Yosemite National Park haves tons of great hikes, Cathedral lakes being one of those hikes! SOMETHING MISSING? Unauthorized duplication of any of this website's content, including but not limited to photographs and written word, without the author's explicit permission is strictly prohibited. This is when we really noticed how few people are in Yosemite compared to a normal summer. Master backpacking skills and hone your decision-making to competently travel in a backcountry setting safely. Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park, 2014. Sunrise Lakes. You are invited to stay in our comfortable lodge or cozy cabins. We packed up camp and hiked back down to our car. Backpacking to Cathedral Lakes. Saket was interested in going along. Master backpacking skills and hone your decision-making to competently travel in a backcountry setting safely. Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park, 2014 Posted by salmonciara April 5, 2020 May 17, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: Cathedral , Overnight This was the trip I briefly (one sentence or so) mentioned in my ‘about me’ page. When you first come over the pass, everything kind of opens up. Day 2 was a little longer coming in at ~6 miles. After lunch, we hiked back to Cathedral Lakes. I didn’t start camping and backpacking until I was in grad school so I think this was my 4th time backpacking ever. The return hike follows the same route. It was weird to walk past Housekeeping Camp and to see it completely empty. The entire time we were hiking we could hear thunder and see the clouds starting to roll in. Back in camp, it was so warm that I slept on top of my sleeping bag and with both doors of my tent open. Use caution around the crowds of day hikers on Yosemite Trails. Cool refreshing water was bubbling up through the sand. In a normal year a hiker can get a last-minute permit for backpacking in the backcountry, but this year because of COVID I applied for a walk-up permit online 2 weeks ahead of time and I received a backcountry permit for Cathedral Lakes. The Yosemite Conservancy emailed me my final permit. After approximately 1 mile, you’ll come to a drainage that drops down to the north into Cathedral Lake. We did this trip back in June of 2014. 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