This wonderful Yosemite hike links two of the most beloved areas in Yosemite by way of a pleasant and relatively easy trail through a forest of old growth lodgepole pines. You will either have to shuttle cars, hitchhike, or catch the Tioga Rd Shuttle to do this Cathedral Lakes Backpacking. Yosemite was having a heatwave and by the time we hauled our backpacks to the camp and set up our tents we were roasting. In any event, we packed the rest of our food in the bear lockers at the trail head and set off around 11:00am up the trail. This may be a bit of a "slog" but is definitely worth the extra effort. Big trees provide shade and we saw lots of ferns and wildflowers. The extraordinary Cathedral Provincial Park owes its name to sensational mountain peaks that reach over 2600m/8,500 ft around a bowl in the Cascade Mountains just north of the U.S.A. border. After my hour-long meeting, I was given a code to finalize my permit. 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, A couple of miles up the trail we came upon a natural spring. Home / Hiking / Cathedral Lakes Cathedral Lakes user-seatosky 2017-11-06T17:01:57-08:00 Cathedral Lakes provincial park lies in the transition zone between the rainforests of the Cascade mountains and the dryer, arid landscape of the Okanagan Valley.This mountainous park presents a wealth of variety in its terrain, flora and fauna, as well as excellent hiking options both on and off trail. The adventure begins with the drive to the Lodge's parking area along the Ashnola River - it's a beautiful drive up a river canyon. A Small Herd! This map was created by a user. These routes are marked but not well-defined and should only be attempted by experienced, well-equipped hikers with map-reading and orienteering skills. I also invited my colleague Umkant who was eager to experience the wilderness through hiking and backpacking. The first few miles are the hardest, because it is a steady uphill climb, but the scenery is beautiful. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. After approximately 4 miles of quiet solitude in the forest, you will reach Cathedral Lakes: a pair of high alpine lakes surrounded by the quintessential green meadows that Yosemite is famous for. You will either have to shuttle cars, hitchhike, or catch the Tioga Rd Shuttle to do this Stop at Lower Cathedral Lake and sit on the granite banks enjoying the tranquil waters before heading up the trail to the truly epic view of Upper Cathedral Lake. Aug. 30. The Park’s Core Area is only accessible by hiking routes from the Ashnola River corridor or, by a private jeep service, operated by Cathedral Lakes Resort. After lunch I drove us the 6 hours back to Southern California. After our first trip to Thousand Island lake, we haven’t done backpacking together again. Map includes surrounding trails, campsites, trail elevation profile. There isn’t a parking lot for Cathedral Lakes. The hike is 7 miles round trip and around 1,000 ft elevation. The trail winds through High Sierra forest, abundant with pine trees and large granite boulders. I then decided to go swimming. I think it might just be excitement though. The core area of the park is a 16 km hike from the park gate so allow a full day to access the lakes. There will be a fork on the trail, going right takes you to Cloud’s Rest while going left will take you to Sunrise Lakes which is wear we continued on to. The thing is, getting up there is a bit tricky. July is really busy. 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. You will either have to shuttle cars, hitchhike, or catch the Tioga Rd Shuttle to do this thru hike. From Vancouver, it’s about four hours east via Manning Park on Route 3 (also known as the Crow’s Nest Highway) past Hedley and before Keremeos, you exit on to the Ashnola Highway, … That night it was warm enough to be outside after dark. I stretched out my towel on the rocks and watched the fish jump while I stared up at Cathedral Peak. There is also a small stream crossing which can easily be done without getting wet. Trailhead: Cathedral Lakes. Here is the map. TL:DR You don’t have to go very far to see some pristine high sierra lakes and epic sunsets. When we visit Mammoth in the summertime, we’ve been known to make a special trip Yosemite via the Tiago Road to do this hike. This is when we really noticed how few people are in Yosemite compared to a normal summer. Contact khc@kamloopshikingclub.net to have this hike location edited or to submit a new trail. It never loses its impact and I find it literally insane that people go their whole lives without ever wondering what’s out there. If you have ever seen pictures of wedding proposals from Yosemite this is probably where they were taken. Yosemite miles sign cites 5.5 miles as the distance from Tuolumne Meadows to the Lower Cathedral Lakes junction. Sunrise Camp looks like it would be a fun place to spend the night especially since in season they provide you with everything you need including a bed inside a tent and your meals. This trail gets a lot of afternoon sun exposure and can get quite hot. We hiked counterclockwise around to the northern shore and set up camp. The trail through this area is the famous John Muir Trail, which sees high traffic all season. We stopped and filled up our water bottles. I logged in with other permit holders and a ranger went over all the basics with us and gave us info about to be safe in a national park during a pandemic. Luckily, a few of our friends also wanted to do that hike so we applied for the permits and made it happen. Came across quite a few deer who probably scared us more than we scared them. Taft Overlook was our first stop. Their density depends on the times of year we hike through. But for being so short, we saw some pretty amazing scenery. Cairns and signposts mark the route. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. We hung out, made dinner and enjoyed the sunset. Depending on the water flow, you can walk around the perimeter with a brief water crossing where the lake dumps into Teneya Lake. Some guys were on the other side of the lake fishing but otherwise we didn’t see too many people. Near the top of the climb, it passes a spur trail to Lower Cathedral Lake (0.5 mile to lake). October gets really quiet. The inside seating was closed, but we ordered outside and sat at a picnic table on the grass with an amazing view of Mono Lake. 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. Your journey begins by taking Ashnola Road, just outside of Keremeos. Luckily no leeches for me. Cathedral Park is southwest of Keremeos and accessible via Hwy 3. Hikers will enjoy views of Cathedral Peak and Echo Peak and access to Long Meadow, Sunrise High Sierra Camp, and Sunrise Lakes. The ranger let us know that bear canisters are required and we covered the leave no trace policies. The trail travels up and down through big trees and then across several meadows. Posted by salmonciara April 5, 2020 May 17, 2020 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: Cathedral, Overnight. I learned that some popular hikes such as the Mist Trail are one way and face masks and social distancing are encouraged. After approximately 1 mile, you’ll come to a drainage that drops down to the north into Cathedral Lake. We tried to stay outside to look for the comet that was passing by, but it was too cold and we ended up in our tents reading until we fell asleep. This trail is quite the opposite to the intense, crowded scramble offered by Half Dome. We entered Yosemite through the South entrance. Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park, 2014. The trail leading down to the lower lake just kind of disappeared, perhaps from all the mud. There are only a few places open for food in Yosemite, but there were 2 food trucks parked at Curry Village. Learn how to create your own. Back in camp, it was so warm that I slept on top of my sleeping bag and with both doors of my tent open. Cathedral Lakes Lodge Ltd. operates a lodge and cabins on Quiniscoe Lake and provides transportation by four-wheel-drive from Ashnola River to Quiniscoe Lake (for a fee). After dinner we walked around the lake. But going off trail in Yosemite National Park brings an euphoria of emotions. The entrance fee is $35 for seven days. The soul needs excitement. When we arrived at the lakes we looked around for a good spot to set up camp. You don’t have to go very far to see some pristine high sierra lakes and epic sunsets. Cathedral Lakes Backpacking. One of our friend’s is, so we drove down to Yosemite late Thursday night to get one night in before the hike. This is the same trail you would take for Cloud’s Rest which I also recommend. We woke up to a beautiful sunny day and after breakfast, we decided we would hike to the Sunrise High Sierra Camp. Lower Cathedral Lake is also along the way, about a half mile off of the main trail. One of the most popular of Yosemite’s high country destinations has to be Cathedral Lakes. Once we started up toward Cathedral Pass, the mosquito swarms eased up. Getting to the Trailhead. Day four was a zero-day, meaning we didn’t hike anywhere. On the 3.5-mile hike in, the trail gains over 1,000-feet at a fairly steady incline. Day 2 was a little longer coming in at ~6 miles. I quickly threw my backpack in the tent and it started to rain. This is a retroactive post. 2020 was supposed to be the year that Sally and I hiked Mt. Day 1 is ridiculously short (~3mi) and starts off at the Tenaya Lake/ Sunrise Lakes trailhead. #California #Yosemite #Backpacking #Hiking #Wanderlust. Cathedral Park is southwest of Keremeos and accessible via Hwy 3. 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. Hiking There are three well-defined hiking trails into the park. The area is popular with rock climbers. The shortest route to get Cathedral Lakes (not coming from Canada) is roughly 19 miles. Looking for a great trail in Cathedral Provincial Park, British Columbia? Normally to receive a permit I would go into a visitor’s center and meet with a ranger, however, this year the meeting had to be done online. But once the sun was up, it quickly became suffocating inside our tents. The return hike follows the same route. It was a little bit spur of the moment decision. There are lovely alpine views all the way. Backpacking to Cathedral Lakes. We actually got lucky in the lottery and got a permit to hike Mt. Cathedral Lakes provincial park lies in the transition zone between the rainforests of the Cascade mountains and the dryer, arid landscape of the Okanagan Valley.This mountainous park presents a wealth of variety in its terrain, flora and fauna, as well as excellent hiking options both on and off trail. From Cathedral Lakes there is a lot of inclines and we were happy we didn’t have on our big packs. It rained for about an hour and half and the temperature dropped dramatically. Since we were close to 395 we drove out of Yosemite on Tioga Pass. It was a lot easier going down than it was on the way up. Easy access, beautiful scenery and tempting peaks make this a popular spot for backpackers, day hikers and climbers. Tena and I took a week off and headed up to Cathedral Lakes near Keremeos. Cathedral Park offers hiking, fishing, camping, wilderness camping, and mountaineering. Enter your email to get notified every time I post! After dinner, we walked around the lake and scrambled up some rocks so we could take pictures of Cathedral Peak at sunset with the puffy cotton candy clouds that were leftover from the rainstorm. The water was freezing so I didn’t stay in long. At the trailhead, there are porta-potties, bear boxes, and trash cans. 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. There is roughly around a 1,000 ft. of elevation gain if you were to go all the way to Upper Cathedral Lake. Its about 6 miles round trip and there aren't many signs to cheer you on and up to the lake. Being out there is beautiful, inspiring, refreshing, meditative, and it never gets old. After breakfast, we filled up a collapsible bucket and washed our hair with some biodegradable soap. Beginning in beautiful Tuolumne Meadows, the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada, the path ascends a thousand feet in three miles to a side trail to Lower Cathedral Lake. The Yosemite Conservancy emailed me my final permit. Cool refreshing water was bubbling up through the sand. Head left here at the split and continue another half mile to Upper Cathedral Lake. Stop at Lower Cathedral Lake and sit on the granite banks enjoying the tranquil waters before heading up the trail to the truly epic view of Upper Cathedral Lake. There are some steep ascents and descents, and the trail gains roughly 550m of altitude up to Quinisicoe Mountain. Yes. It was a little over 9 miles roundtrip. Whitney, but instead, we did a 3-night backpacking trip to Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite. AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, lake trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. There was still water in the creek in July and we saw a bald eagle and a few marmots. The Cathedral Lakes Lodge ("Lodge") is an adventure. Reviews. How to Get There Either hike up Lakeview Trail from Ashnola River Road (5-8 hour hike) and camp at the top, or About 2 hours into the trail, I took a break near a fork off the path where the famed JMT (John Muir Trail) merges. Our first chore was to filter water. We stopped for lunch at Whoa Nellie Deli in the Mobile Gas parking lot in Lee Vining. Epic Yosemite Backpacking: Toulumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley via Cathedral Lakes, Clouds Rest and Half Dome. This last stretch is well worth the improved views of Cathedral Peak. Oh my, we were in for a shock. From our lodge, you have access … Your email address will not be published. We did this trip back in June of 2014. An 8-mile round-trip hike visits the shores of both Lower and Upper Cathedral Lakes and passes through splendid alpine scenery including the shapely granite pinnacles that form Cathedral Peak. We walked back to Curry Village and ordered some dinner from the grill. It is a bit of a challenging climb, but the lakes are well worth the effort. Taking off from the Cathedral Lakes trail head, we weighed in our packs: 58lbs for me, 42lbs for my girlfriend, and 48 lbs for my buddy Dan. If California wasn’t in a drought we probably would’ve been caught up in some snow. 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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. A ... Cathedral Lakes, Rafferty Creek, those leading to Little Yosemite Valley, and others. 3. Eight day hikers on trail to Cathedral Lakes from Tuolumne Meadows. The Park’s Core Area is only accessible by hiking routes from the Ashnola River corridor or, by a private jeep service, operated by Cathedral Lakes Resort. I walked around looking for the comet, but I never found it. On April 2, 2017 March 2, 2019 By l2ik0 In Backpacking, Hiking, Journey to 59, Summer. On the northern side of Middle Lake, you’ll join the Smith Lake Trail. You see Cathedral Peak as well as Upper Cathedral Lake. We settled on a small peninsula that became our own private island. There are two lakes that you can visit – lower and upper Cathedral Lakes. #YosemiteHiddenGem #YosemiteHiking Scenery: ★★★★★ Difficulty: ★★ I took different route than usual Cathedral lakes trail. We set up camp around the third Sunrise Lake with plenty of time to wander around and play on the boulders. Cathedral Lakes is only accessible for hiking from ~June-October, depending on snow melt. There are three Sunrise lakes, all of them beautiful and look great for swimming. The trail through this area is the famous John Muir Trail, which sees high traffic all season. Everything was bogged down from all the snow melt so for the next few miles, we were in a constant state of mosquito attack. I arrived home dirty and tired, but so happy to have been able to spend all those days in nature. Hike Distance: 7 miles (11.2 km) round trip to Upper or Lower Cathedral Lakes; 8 miles (12.8 km) round trip to see both Hiking Time: 3 - 5 hours Trailhead Elevation: 8,500 feet (2,590 meters) Lower Cathedral Lake Elevation: 9,290 feet (2,830 meters) Master backpacking skills and hone your decision-making to competently travel in a backcountry setting safely. Temperatures plummeted during the night and our nalgenes froze. First-Come, First-Served Procedure for all Wilderness Permit Stations. I didn’t start camping and backpacking until I was in grad school so I think this was my 4th time backpacking ever. I saw millions of stars and even a little bit of the Milky Way. On April 2, 2017 March 2, 2019 By l2ik0 In Backpacking, Hiking, Journey to 59, Summer. You can book a return Jeep trip through Cathedral Lakes Lodge, the owners of the singular private road to the top. Focus is on the trail, check the main page for the destination pics. Interactive map: Cathedral Provincial Park Cathedral Park offers hiking, fishing, camping, wilderness camping, and mountaineering. Then from Mildred, you can easily wander over to Sunrise Lakes. Highlights: Lakes, High Country. This year in the valley the only backpackers camp is located in the Upper Pines Campground. Whitney, but instead, we did a 3-night backpacking trip to Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite. You can stay in the lodge (for a price!) 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. This hike also joins a famous John Muir Trail, which is the beginning point of 210 mi (338km) journey that ends at the top of Mt.Whitney located in Sequoia National Park. Next we got out our stoves and cooked some dinner. This was the trip I took my partner on when we first met . Required fields are marked *. Today's adventure was to attack the Goat Lake Trail and Lakeview Mountain (2628m). Use caution around the crowds of day hikers on Yosemite Trails. Sally and I decided we didn’t want to go back and camp in the valley, because it was too hot. highsierratrails.com Chicago Park Web Design This map is for illustrative purposes only. TL:DR. You don’t have to go very far to see some pristine high sierra lakes and epic sunsets. Day 3 was a nice 3 mile downhill meandering to Tuolumne Meadows. Whitney, but then COVID hit, and then there was a major earthquake in Lone Pine and we had to change our plans. 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. After we shopped at the store we then drove up Tioga Pass to where we would leave our car. A wilderness permit is required year-round for backpacking or any other overnight stay in the Yosemite Wilderness. Our backpacking permit allowed us to spend one night before and after our trip in a backpacking camp. Some of my most precious memories of wilderness adventures are planted in places for which access requires extra effort. He joined us with his 14 year old son Vinayak. After parking your car in the secure (fenced in) parking lot, it's then a one-hour or so ride up to the lodge through pristine wilderness in a 4x4 - and without four-wheel low you ain't getting there. Wilderness Permits are required for backpacking in Yosemite, and can be obtained as early as 24 weeks in advance during the quota season, May through October. It sure felt good to put my achy feet in the ice cold water of the lake! Its like a breathe of fresh air for the soul…and I need it. Cathedral Lakes Trail is a 8.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. This was honestly one of the first hikes where I didn’t ever think about how far we were from the end at … We expected this to be the longest hike we attempted while staying at Cathedral Lakes. Cathedral Lakes Yosemite National Park. The Lower Cathedral Lake is located at an elevation of 9288′ and an easy 3.5 miles from the trailhead located along Tioga Road. Back at camp we again had to filter water. We packed up camp and hiked back down to our car. One good one cuts from Upper Cathedral Lake up to Tressider Peak and down to Sunrise Lakes. A classic Yosemite Hike, located at around 9,000 feet that takes you through a beautiful forest and up to an open meadows of Cathedral Lakes. You start at Tenaya Lake and end at Tuolumne Meadows. Trekking Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite National Park Whenever I go on a trip to Yosemite National Park, I always cringe at the thought of entering the valley and competing for parking with the masses of tourists that come every summer. No one. Its hard to pin down the feeling I get backpacking. As soon as we got out of the car we had a great view of Tuolumne Meadows. This is an easy 2.2-mile roundtrip hike to the most amazing view of Yosemite Valley. High Sierra Trails website makes no warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of this map. Names have power, or so they say. Though somewhat damaged and heavily loaded I was moving quickly through lots of day hikers. Adventure Review of 3 day backpacking adventure to Nelson, Matthes, Echo and Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite National Park. We actually got lucky in the lottery and got a permit to hike Mt. Hiking Cathedral Lakes Trail. For this trip, I just wanted to camp at Lower Cathedral Lake and do Upper Cathedral Lake another day. By the time we picked our spot and took off our backpacks the thunder was booming. Cathedral Lakes are nestled at the foot of Cathedral Peak. After the rain stopped we were able to come back out and cook dinner. Main points of interest on this hike are the Sunrise Lakes, Sunrise High Sierra Camp, Cathedral Peak and Cathedral Lakes. We are located near Quiniscoe Lake, 2000 metres (6800 ft.) above sea level in the heart of Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area. Day 1 is ridiculously short (~3mi) and starts off at the Tenaya Lake/ Sunrise Lakes trailhead. Cathedral Lakes trail map, Yosemite National Park. The whole time I was just looking out for that signature outline of Cathedral Peak. This was the trip I briefly (one sentence or so) mentioned in my ‘about me’ page. The trail climbs steadily to Upper Cathedral Lakes. You can book a return Jeep trip through Cathedral Lakes Lodge, the owners of the singular private road to the top. An excellent day hike (7-10 hours) is a 15 km loop which originates at Quiniscoe Lake and goes along the Ladyslipper Trail + Cathedral Rim Trail. SOMETHING MISSING? Hiking around the Cathedral lakes Journey to the top. Sunrise Lakes. Now that I think about it, I can’t believe that trip was only 12 miles…and over 3 days no less. When you first come over the pass, everything kind of opens up. There’s just something about its outline against the sky and its name that just stuck in my mind as somewhere I wanted to go. Camera gear is not light (and neither is food). As far as hikes from Tuolumne Meadows go, the Cathedral Lakes hike is my favorite. The majority of people visit the park by either camping or booking a room at the Cathedral Lakes … The Rim Trail, in my opinion, one of the best day hikes in BC. Even hiking in the fall as we were, it is important to bring lots of water to stay hydrated and a few snacks as well. 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. This hike breaches the 9000ft elevation mark so if you’re susceptible to altitude sickness you might opt to do one night at one of the campgrounds on Tioga Road to start acclimating. Cathedral Lakes Lodge is Canada’s highest full service hiking and fishing wilderness lodge. I was also apprehensive about leeches because the day before we heard some people yelling that they had them attached to their bodies. The thing is, getting up there is a bit tricky. It was weird to walk past Housekeeping Camp and to see it completely empty. Once you get down by the lake, follow the shoreline to the east and cross the outlet between Cathedral and Middle lakes. Overall the views are spectacular and well worth the detour. Hikers will enjoy views of Cathedral Peak and Echo Peak and access to Long Meadow, Sunrise High Sierra Camp, and Sunrise Lakes. And, since you’re watching this video, we know that you’ll enjoy the benefits of receiving our free National Park Outdoor eNewsletter. The entire time we were hiking we could hear thunder and see the clouds starting to roll in. The whole day is more or less switchbacks and uphill. Its cool to be able and look back and see actual progress and an increase in efficiency. Cathedral Lakes is only accessible for hiking from ~June-October, depending on snow melt. Master backpacking skills and hone your decision-making to competently travel in a backcountry setting safely. Backpacking to Cathedral Lakes by jaunts5_wp | Posted on August 19, 2020 August 19, 2020 2020 was supposed to be the year that Sally and I hiked Mt. 'This hike will take you backpacking into Cathedral Lakes, then continue an 18 mile loop to Sunrise High Sierra Camp, and then onto Tenaya Lake. This section of the trail is sort of along a ridge. Who doesn’t like the outdoors? The lakes, hiking trails, campsites and private lodge accommodation are all located in the park’s core area, 2000m above sea level. Cathedral Lakes Lodge is situated at Quiniscoe Lake, 2000 metres (6800 ft) above sea level in the centre of Cathedral Provincial Park, BC. Its another mile or so pass the upper lake but it was pretty amazing to finally be there and see it. Horses are also able to use this trail. We were essentially just trekking straight across a bog until we got to the granite perimeter of the lower lake. Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park is an amazing cirque feature, encompassing alpine ridges, granite spires and tarn lakes, while blessed with Okanagan sunshine and favorable weather conditions. Small patches up snow were still around with everything else being pretty marshy. No matter where I am, its the same feeling so its hard to bring novelty to the way I describe the places I’ve been other than physical appearance. It wasn’t quite warm enough for us to go swimming but I imagine in the late summer it would be perfect. Cathedral Provincial Park Hiking The park has many well-defined hiking trails and a number of cross-country routes. Cathedral Lakes. Cathedral Lakes Trailhead to Yosemite Valley via Half Dome is a 32.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. For the most part, it transverses along a mountain ridge. Just take my word for it. Wilderness Permits are required for backpacking in Yosemite, and can be obtained as early as 24 weeks in advance during the quota season, May through October. After my many trips to Yosemite National Park, the one thing that was left on the bucket list, so to speak, was to hike from the high country of Toulumne Meadows all the way down to Yosemite Valley. In July, the temperature was about 24 degrees at the top but 30 in Keremeos. National Topographic Series Maps Sheet 092H/01 (Ashnola) at a scale of 1:50,000 covers the Cathedral Lakes area. I did this trip before I started this blog but its one worth mentioning. Simply go to Adventure-Crew**** and fill in the A-C eNews box. The pass is your gateway to an endless array of Yosemite hikes and backpacking trips that most visitors to Yosemite Valley will never step foot on. The 8.6-mile in-out Cathedral Hakes trails winds along a heavily forested slope with occasional glimpses of towering granite monoliths. 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