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7.5 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~1,250 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Yosemite National Park Topo Map

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Cathedral Lakes Trail

California | Yosemite

  • Spectacular Cathedral Lake in Yosemite National Park.
  • Sunset at Cathedral Lake in Yosemite National Park.
  • Spectacular Cathedral Lake in Yosemite National Park.

Activities & Features


The hike to upper and lower Cathedral Lakes is one busiest trails in Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite. That said; it's popular for good reason. The scenery is breathtaking and will be hard to tear yourself away from. Wildflowers and wildlife are plentiful along this hike. Consider taking the free shuttle bus, as trailhead parking is limited. Also, if you plan on backcountry camping, make sure to reserve your permits in advance. This trail is kid friendly, but the entire length may be a bit much for young kids. There is camping available in Yosemite National Park.

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Contact: Public Information Office PO Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389

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