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Cathedral Rock Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Cathedral Rock Trail is a 8.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Roslyn, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,595 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

bugs

snow

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike, but first off the app is wrong it’s 10 miles as a round trip, not 8.6. I did it with my parents (read as slow people) and it took us 6 hours and we added about a cumulative hour of rest time. With the hour long drive to get there from Roslyn (45min from Ronald) this is an all day adventure.
BUGS!
There are lots of bugs this time of year, if you spray yourself a bit they won’t be annoying while hiking but when you get to the top there are so many they will swarm you if you stay in one place too long.
Trail.
The trail itself is very well maintained especially for how far it is from any real town. The last quarter mile which is almost straight up at Cathedral Rock is a bit of a billy goat trail but it’s worth the bush whacking for the view.
It’s not too intense, old but fit people and young kids could do it, and if you make it to squaw lake and don’t feel like you can do that same distance again then it’s a good place to enjoy and then turn around.
Water
There is plenty of clean running water coming from the snow melt, and with a sawyer squeeze or similar water filtration system you will really only need to bring about one water bottle each and fill up when you get near squaw lake where the water is running fast. This makes backpacking light very possible in the area.
Camping
Although we didn’t camp, we noticed squaw lake would have been a beautiful place to camp, and it has less bugs than the peak. It seems like going all the way to Peggy’s pond as some had mentioned would not be all that fun considering how much farther it is past cathedral Rock.
Watch out for bears we heard from a hiker we passed that he had seen a black bear cub that morning near the parking lot.

hiking
Thursday, October 09, 2014

Moderate grades with a few steeper sections, the trail climbs steadily through forest until you reach the ridge line near Squaw Lake. The shrubs and berry plants were fully colored up in deep reds and yellows, making this a particularly beautiful ridge walk. You can see cathedral Rock from the parking lot, but it then disappears as you walk through the forest and for the first mile or so of ridge walk. Then you come over a rise and it pops into view between trees. It is an incredible view of the peak over the small ridge line lakes. We were also able to find solitude on a beautiful fall weekend, seeing only 2 other hikers.

hiking
29 days ago

Sunday, September 18, 2016