Subscribe Contribute Advertise Facebook Twitter Instagram Forums Newsletter
Cathedral Lakes to Clouds Rest mileage?
Display Avatars Sort By:
Luke H.
(Scraps111) - F
Cathedral Lakes to Clouds Rest mileage? on 08/02/2012 19:09:22 MDT Print View

Can anyone tell me about how many miles it is from Cathedral Lakes trailhead to Clouds Rest? How many miles to Sunrise Lakes? Thank you.

Edited by Scraps111 on 08/02/2012 19:17:58 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Cathedral Lakes to Clouds Rest mileage? (Yosemite National Park) on 08/02/2012 19:34:48 MDT Print View

It kind of depends on whether you stick to the trail or take some of the more interesting shortcuts. To the trail junction west of Sunrise Lakes, it is about 9.5 miles. If you continue to Clouds Rest, it will be a little over 13 miles. I guess you know that there are shorter routes, like from Tenaya Lake.

--B.G.--

Luke H.
(Scraps111) - F
Re: Cathedral Lakes to Clouds Rest mileage? on 08/02/2012 19:50:45 MDT Print View

Thanks, I have heard about the trail from Tenaya, but my permit is for the Cathedral Lakes trailhead. I haven't heard about any of the other alternate routes though. Thanks again.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Cathedral Lakes to Clouds Rest mileage? on 08/02/2012 21:21:49 MDT Print View

I guess if you hold a permit, then use it.

If I were going to Clouds Rest, I would get a permit to start from the west end of Tenaya Lake. That takes you up to the trail junction west of Sunrise Lakes, but it is only several miles. You would save something like 5 miles one way.

But, what do I know? I've gone up that way from Tenaya maybe five times, and the way from Cathedral maybe five times, and then shortcuts maybe three times.

--B.G.--

Luke H.
(Scraps111) - F
Re: Cathedral Lakes to Clouds Rest mileage? on 08/02/2012 21:51:26 MDT Print View

Thanks, I thought about doing it that way also, but I was looking for a longer hike. Are the shortcuts off trail?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Cathedral Lakes to Clouds Rest mileage? on 08/02/2012 22:00:36 MDT Print View

"Are the shortcuts off trail?"

Yes. One good one cuts from Upper Cathedral Lake up to Tressider Peak and down to Sunrise Lakes.

One goes from the south side of Columbia Finger, turns north through Long Meadow, and up over the hill to Mildred Lake. Then from Mildred, you can easily wander over to Sunrise Lakes.

From Tenaya Lake, we would go up the hill by trail to the west end of Sunrise Lakes, then over to Mildred Lake, then straight down to Tenaya Lake for the return.

Hardly anybody goes to these places since there are no complete official trails.

Or, to quote Yogi Berra: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

--B.G.--