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On the hill behind Upper Cathedral Lake, there are stunning views of Lower Cathedral Lake and the surrounding High Sierra Mountains. Simply walking behind the lake (with Cathedral Peak at your back) and cresting the ridge will offer up this amazing view.

Half-Day Hike: Hike in from Tioga Road on the Lower/Upper Cathedral Lakes Trail (John Muir Trail). Once you get to Upper Cathedral Lake, circle around to the right of the lake and crest the small ridge behind the lake for stunning views of Lower Cathedral Lake and the surrounding countryside.

Family Friendly: The hike into this lake will give older kids an intro to an excursion to the wilderness without being too difficult.

Gem Type: Lake

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David Hitchcock

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Oct 21, 2023
Kaija Hurlburt
Hiked to upper and lower cathedral lakes. About 9.5 miles RT with 1,660 feet of elevation gain.
Sep 3, 2022
Sai Krishna Kanada
Done
Jul 29, 2022
Jessi Swann
Sep 12, 2021
Tom Herr
Hiked around the picturesque alpine lake. The hike out was scenic as well!
Jul 20, 2020
Pauline Wienders
Jul 4, 2020
Jess Emmerson
Jul 12, 2019
Vlad M
Jul 11, 2019
Sophia Barwegen

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