Cathedral Lakes Hike Photos

It’s funny to think how many times I drove right by this parking lot without knowing how amazing the place is. In late June one year, I finally did my research and decided to make the trek. Here are trail photos from my Cathedral Lakes Hike.

The dirt path up to the lakes

This is considered a fairly moderate hike. I don’t recall there being a lot of steep climbing, but of course, you will ascend up toward Cathedral Peak on the journey to the lakes.

Trail Photos – Cathedral Lakes Hike

Beautiful Afternoon light on the trail - Cathedral Lakes hike
Beautiful Afternoon light on the trail

Although the trail is clearly marked for the vast majority of the hike, it can become a bit hard to locate near the last stretch. This is especially true at this time of year, when there might be some leftover snow covering the path.

Cathedral Peak "Spires" from the forest trail
Aptly Named Cathedral Peak

As you can see above, on the route there are a few locations where you can see Cathedral Peak itself. The terrain consists of mostly shaded, thick forest at the start, progressing into more sparse and open wilderness as you climb.

Scenic trail through the trees, portrait  - Cathedral Lakes hike
High Sierra Hiking at its Finest

However, it never fully opens up into the direct sun until you hit the reach the lower lake. Another thing to mention is the vistas and views. This hike doesn’t have much to speak of. The image below gives you an idea of how good the surrounding mountain views are.

Small vista along the hike
About as good as it gets

Of course, where this trek really shines is the destination itself. Although I did not make the final push to the upper lake this day, the lower lake and view of Cathedral Peak is just fantastic. Without a doubt, one of my favorite Yosemite trails.

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Photographer Nathan Allen

I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.