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    Nicole Say saved Willow Creek Trail

    8 months ago

    Nicole Say completed Sequoia Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Nicole Say added Track - Sep 24, 09:42 AM

    about 2 years ago

    Nicole Say added Big Basin State Park

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say completed Old Pinnacles Trail to Balconies

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say added Kings Canyon National Park

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say added Sequoia National Park

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say added Inyo National Forrest

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say added Sierra National Forrest

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say added Yosemite

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say reviewed Cathedral Lakes Trail

    over 2 years ago

    This is a beautiful hike but it’s not without its difficulties and challenges.

    First and foremost this trail has a lot of elevation gain and the first half of the trail starts out as a combination of uphill and steps, levels out for a bit, and then goes in to rocky switchbacks. It then levels out again for a while, and you then either have to uphill for a short while to get to the upper lake, or downhill to the lower lake.

    Make no mistake, this is a difficult hike. I am overweight and out of shape, and guys who were obviously thru-hiking were even commenting that this is a difficult hike, so I didn’t feel TOO bad about it. It took my wife and I much longer than the rated times to complete this trail, I think it took us around 6.5 hours.
    The scenery however is fantastic; there is something to see throughout the trail. The trail starts heavily wooded, along the way to the lakes you will find a nice stream with some good photo opportunities, and eventually the spot in the ground where the water bubbles out and created the beginning of the stream. Along the way you will also see some wonderful views of the Eichorn Pinnacle, Cathedral Peak, and of course the lake itself.

    Because it had taken us so long we only went to Lower Cathedral Lake, so I cannot comment on the views of the upper lake. The Lower Lake however has a fantastic walk through a sub-alpine meadow before you get to the actual lake, and then you get to a huge rocky area along the shore of the lake, where you will see fantastic views of the clear blue water, as well as the mountains overlooking the lake.

    There is also a lot of traffic on this trail, since it’s part of the John Muir Trail there were a lot of people on the trail who were on their way to Sunrise Camp, we saw people easily every 5-10 minutes the entire way, on the way out we saw a steady stream of people heading back out until fair late.

    One downside is that since this trail goes to one of the High Sierra Camp’s is that they use pack horses to transport stuff back and forth, which means there is a TON of horse poop all along the trail. There was horse poop every couple hundred feet, so you have to dodge it the entire way. When the trail is level it’s not so bad, but when coming back down the rocky switchbacks it makes picking a route difficult because not only are you trying to find the safest way down, but you also have to dodge horse poop.

    I really enjoyed this hike, despite the difficulties that it gave me. The views are some of the best I have seen on a trail and if you can manage to overcome the elevation gains, it’s well worth it.

    Nicole Say completed Cathedral Lakes Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say added Easy Hikes

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say reviewed Taft Point and The Fissures

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say reviewed Taft Point and The Fissures

    over 2 years ago

    Arrived at trailhead fairly early, approximately 7:00 AM or shortly thereafter, on the way to the Point we encountered only one group coming back the other direction and no one coming up behind us along the trail. The majority of the trail takes you through well shaded forest with little to no elevation gain, shortly before you reach Taft Point you will go down a short series of switchbacks, the trail will then become rocky for a short time before again becoming uniform.
    The views from Taft Point are fantastic; you can see most of the Valley Floor below you, as well as views of Yosemite Falls and the North Rim. There is a single small railed area approximately 8x4 feet; the rest is completely exposed so if you are afraid of heights you may want to confine yourself to the railed area!
    The hike to the Point is easy, but the hike back out is not quite as easy, the rocky portion of the trail as well as the switchbacks are probably easy for people who are in great shape, but if you are out of shape and on the larger side like I am, this part will prove to be somewhat of a challenge, though not one that feels insurmountable.
    This is definitely a fantastic hike for beginners and experts alike as the views from the Point are well worth the hike, regardless of your skill level!

    Nicole Say added Bay Area Hikes

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say completed Taft Point and The Fissures

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

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    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

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    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

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    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

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    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

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    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

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    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

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    Nicole Say reviewed Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    This is part of the far longer Pohono Trail, this portion goes between Sentinel Dome and Taft Point and can be used to go from one area to another. We saw this path on our way to and from Taft Point and took it instead of going back to the trailhead and then on to Sentinel Dome. Let our mistake be a warning to you, if you are going to hike this section you should do it in the reverse direction, start at Sentinel Dome and head towards Taft Point.

    Going in the direction that we went, towards Sentinel Dome, it starts off on fairly even ground and takes you through a nice wooded area giving way in to an open rocky area, eventually leading to a small creek and then its uphill the rest of the way. Make no mistake, this is far from the hardest hike you are going to find in Yosemite, but its by no means easy, the continual uphill part makes this a quite challenging hike, if you decide to go in the direction we went you will most likely find that everyone else hiking this will be going the opposite direction.

    However despite all of this, you are going to see some amazing scenery along the way! This follows the south rim of the valley and you are treated breathtaking and high elevation views of the valley below, the falls, and even Half Dome. This can be a hard hike depending on where you start, but its definitely worth it in the end!

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago

    Nicole Say updated Gangulphus Ridge

    over 2 years ago