Worth the payoff. Secluded

Great loop. We just finished it (Nov 2019). The actual trail is much longer than this one. Plan for about 33 miles round trip. Many creeks are dry too so fill up where you can.

Great trail for a day hike. We went to Tuolumne Falls instead of Glen Aulin. Great day!

This is a great day hike. Moderate elevation change with the steepest at the early portion of the trail. Great family hike as well with good opportunity for early teens to get some experience boldering and exploring the mountain slopes around the lake. Lake is beautiful as are the view of Cathedral Peak.

Great trail for day hikes, camping, and backpacking. We went to Hetch Hetchy on a backpacking trip in early May 2019 and conditions were pretty bad. There was a lot of snow that made it hard to see the trail and the creeks were at an all time high in terms of water levels and stream speed. We couldn’t do the traditional 26 mile route around because of that. Still had to cross a stream to get back, which was insane but I’m so proud of the experience now. Our trip was a total of 28 miles over three days. At night, we camped and are the fish we caught in the afternoon. Overall an excellent albeit unexpectedly extreme backpacking trip due to conditions.

After hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls yesterday, I found this hike harder than expected because I was worn down, my arthritis was killing me, and because of the steep climb/high elevation. Cathedral Lake was peaceful and beautiful, which made the hike worthwhile.

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Hands down worth the hike to both lakes ! Views were incredible .

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7 months ago

Great trail! Starts with a steep mile uphill, then evens out and you climb some more. The Lower Lake is beautiful, but we thought the Upper Lake was even better (no matter what the brochures say). We did it in 5 hours and 15 minutes, but we chilled for half an hour at the Lower and half an hour at the Upper Lake.

Did the 25 mile loop CCW, backpacking with a heavy pack starting 10/21/2019. The uphill portions of the hike up to Vernon are a slog no matter which direction you take the loop, but CCW offers a nice break at Tiltill Meadows. The slog pays off though - Vernon is a beautiful spot. Weather was amazing - clear sky and moderately warm (75F high / 50F low). Lots of great fall colors. Water not as abundant this time of year - I recommend carrying a minimum of 2L. I carried 3L and was glad I did. Water available at: Rancheria Falls, Tiltill Creek, Vernon Lake. Camped at Tiltill Creek 1 night & Vernon Lake 2 nights. Vernon provided spectacular rainbow trout fishing for 2 days. First day at Vernon was extremely windy - 20 to 30 mph gusts, kept pumping through most of the night too. Next day was incredibly calm, lake was glassy and phenomenally beautiful. Lots of yellow jackets show whenever you have food out - no stings though. Hiked out 9.5 miles from Lake Vernon to Beehive Meadow then to Hetch Hetchy - averaged about 3.5 mph outbound since it is primarily easy downhill from Beehive to Hetch Hetchy.

Most beautiful lake I’ve ever seen. Trail is a bit hard to follow at the end but gosh is it worth it!!

The trail starts out pretty steep. Treking poles help a lot. Would not go on the trail without them. Lower Cathedral Lake is beautiful. Great lunch stop. Upper Cathedral Lake not much further of a hike. Worth the effort. Great day hike. People on the trail were really friendly. Definitely a do over.

Beautiful hike with lots of places along the river and waterfalls to sit and relax. No bugs in October! We parked near the Lembert Dome parking lot, down the dirt road.

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7 months ago

Good hike in cool weather. The lake is beautiful, perfect spot to picnic and hang out. You can also loop around the lake which we decided not to do, but I’m sure it’s even more beautiful. Definitely a workout on the way there, but don’t underestimate the way back bc it’s so rocky it’s a lot of work on the knees and holding yourself back from flying down the mountain. Either way, a good one.

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7 months ago

Beautiful trail up in Tuolumne Meadows. Beautiful scenery and an amazing view of Cathedral Lakes. What more could you ask for?

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7 months ago

Day hike in, night hike out. Most of the hike is through very pretty woods, so limited visibility of peaks in distance. The payoff at the end is absolutely worth every step and then some. Cathedral peak rises up from the ridge and horIzon and immediately captures your attention and won’t let go. Possible to circumambulate the lake, which I did most of the way. Tried climbing up the rocky hill to get a better view of Upper Cathedral Lake in its entirety, but it was very steep so stopped about halfway up. Watching the sun set on the peak as it reflected in the lake below and the world was reverentially still was breath taking. Nearly all of my life is filled with doing, so even a few minutes of being (not doing) was more than enough to bring a smile to my face.

We did this hike on the last day of our stay at YNP. Tioga Rd. was closed earlier in the week due to snow. It turned out to be one of our favorites. Our group hiked to the upper and lower lakes and were rewarded with stunning views of Cathedral peak and these pristine alpine lakes do not disappoint. The conditions were a little muddy in spots and snow still on trail in the shade but no need for traction devices. Do it before Tioga closes for the season well worth it!

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7 months ago

Its a lovely trail even though the altitud plays tricks on you on your way up. Make sure you take your time so you can take little breaks, and enjoy the lake views for a while!

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7 months ago

Definitely a great hike. I would recommend getting there as early as you can. There is parking by the trailhead, just be mindful of the food in your car. The trail is moderate with a few switchbacks. The first 1.5 miles has a large elevation change with some pretty steep rocks. It’s more of a 9 mile hike to just one lake. Including the other lake would add another 2 miles to the trip.

Great moderate hike in the northern portion of Yosemite. As others have mentioned, two short uphill sections separated by two fairly flat sections. We just went to Upper Cathedral Lake since we didn’t have time to see both lakes, and it was beautiful. Sat out on a rock on the lake eating lunch and soaking our feet in the water. The trail wasn’t very crowded either which was nice - there were only two other groups hanging out at the lake on a Saturday. If you’re feeling brave bring a towel and jump in for a swim!

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