Yosemite Cathedral Lakes Day Hiking Tour
This tour is available during the summer season. Click the “check availability” button to see available days.
Spend a day hiking in Yosemite National Park’s wild backcountry on this guided trek to Cathedral Lakes! The Cathedral Lakes hike starts at 8,570 feet (2,612 m) elevation surrounded by old growth pine forest before the trail steadily climbs to Lower and Upper Cathedral Lakes. After ascending nearly 1,000 feet in 3.6 miles we reach Lower Cathedral lake. The views from Lower Cathedral Lake of the Yosemite Valley and of towering Cathedral Peak make our climb well worth the effort! While resting on the granite banks keep your eyes peeled for views of the deer that often graze near the lake shore.
Another 1.5 miles and 300 vertical feet (91 m) of hiking bring us to Upper Cathedral Lake. Upper Cathedral Lake is tucked away inside a granite bowl surrounded by both Cathedral and Tresidder Peaks. After a rewarding lunch and a bit of relaxation we’ll descend on the same well-maintained trail back to the Cathedral Lakes trailhead.
Tour Price Includes
- Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide
- Water and snacks
- Trail lunch
- Daypack rental
- Trekking poles rental
- 1:7 guide to hiker ratio
What to Bring
Waterproof or water resistant jacket (seasonal) and the capacity to carry at least 3 liters of water.
Layered clothing appropriate for hiking and changing weather conditions. Baselayers, an insulating midlayer, and a shell will work together to keep you comfortable. A fleece or ‘puffy’ jacket or vest is highly recommended, as is a fleece hat and gloves.
Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots or trail running shoes are required. Synthetic or wool socks are recommended.
Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, handwarmers, hiking poles, rain pants, supplemental snacks, gratuity for your guide.
Upgrades + Additions
Transportation from AutoCamp Yosemite (pending availability)
Up to 10 people – $100 per group
Larger groups – call to inquire
- 1 Person $ 540 540
- 2 People $ 280 pp 280
- 3 People $ 240 pp 240
- 4-5 People $190 pp
- 6-7 People $155 pp
Prices do not include guide gratuity or a 5% pass-through fee charged by Yosemite National Park.