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Elevation: 10,911'
Location: 37.8476, -119.405 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

One of the most stunning peaks in Yosemite, Cathedral is blessed with some great moderate climbing. The approach takes about an hour and is long enough from the road and hiking trails to give you a little peace (often to be shared with many climbers - start early).

The summit is a small block big enough for a couple people to squeeze on. Their might be bolts on the top, but usually not. Downclimbing off the summit block can be scary, but John Muir did it in 1869, so you can too.

It's a great big lightning rod - get off ASAP if thunder comes your way. Other than descending, escaping up and right is the usually possible until you get to talus.

Getting There 

From the Cathedral Lakes trailhead, take the main trail for 10 minutes. Soon after a set of stone steps look, look for a major climbers trail branching left (see photo). Do not get suckered into an earlier, smaller path that follows the stream. Keep on the trail until it fades away near the base Cathedral Peak. Pick the easiest path to the lowest point of the southeast buttress.

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Weather station 10.9 miles from here

3 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cathedral Peak:
John Muir Route (The Mountaineer's Route)   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 400'   
Southeast Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 700'   
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Featured Route For Cathedral Peak
The lower handcrack and stance where you clip the ...

Panic Pillar 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Cathedral Peak
Panic Pillar is the closest pillar to the summit of Cathedral. The route described here is on the west face of the pillar. Start by climbing a steep handcrack until you gain a small stance on the pillar itself. Clip a mangled rusty piton , you can also fiddle a small cam or nut in to backup the pin. This is the last pro on the route.Make some exposed face moves to gain another small ledge . From here you are fully committed on the pillar. You must make two distinct 5.9 moves on mostly positive k...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Cathedral Peak Slideshow Add Photo
Cathedral Peak! enough said.
Cathedral Peak! enough said.
cathedral peak
cathedral peak
Megan on the Cathedral Peak summit, looking down a...
Megan on the Cathedral Peak summit, looking down a...
Turn left off the main Cathedral Lakes trail here ...
BETA PHOTO: Turn left off the main Cathedral Lakes trail here ...
Yet another stunning view from the top.
Yet another stunning view from the top.
The graceful slab of Cathedral's SE buttress.
The graceful slab of Cathedral's SE buttress.
Cathedral as approached from Echo Ridge
Cathedral as approached from Echo Ridge
Cathedral Peak (R) and Eichorn's Pinnacle (L).  Vi...
Cathedral Peak (R) and Eichorn's Pinnacle (L). Vi...
Cathedral Peak
Cathedral Peak
The view from below Cathedral Peak as you start th...
The view from below Cathedral Peak as you start th...
Cathedral Peak from the south; Eichorn Pinnacle is...
Cathedral Peak from the south; Eichorn Pinnacle is...
Descent:  From summit make your way to the saddle ...
BETA PHOTO: Descent: From summit make your way to the saddle ...
a day in the life
a day in the life
descent as seen from the summit of Eichorn
descent as seen from the summit of Eichorn
The Awsome Veiw from Cathedral peak
The Awsome Veiw from Cathedral peak
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Cathedral, May 2009
Cathedral, May 2009
Below the chimney pitch, sorting out gear.
Below the chimney pitch, sorting out gear.
Morning light on Cathedral Peak.
Morning light on Cathedral Peak.
On the approach...
On the approach...
Cathedral, viewed from the Dana Plateau
Cathedral, viewed from the Dana Plateau
Alberto ascends the 5.6 chimney in his Euro shorts...
Alberto ascends the 5.6 chimney in his Euro shorts...
Cathedral Peak from the mountain shop on Highway 1...
BETA PHOTO: Cathedral Peak from the mountain shop on Highway 1...
Cathedral and Budd Lake from Echo Ridge
Cathedral and Budd Lake from Echo Ridge

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By Jonathan hudson
From: baltimore, MD
Aug 25, 2013
GPS cords for the bud lake trailhead. Lat 37 52' 10"N, Long 119 23' 12"W
By Countzen
From: Santa Monica, CA
Oct 17, 2014
The climbers route Beta in the Tulumnoe free climbs guide book (supertopo.com/packs/tuolfree.h... ) is pretty off. We were hiking in pre-sunrise and using that book as beta for the approach and got pretty lost. The actual climbers trail has been uploaded by me to wikiloc.com.

wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id...

Also some descent beta since I couldn't find visuals anywhere.
wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id...
By Damienn
From: nevada city, ca
Jun 26, 2015
I found someone's approach show up there the other day. It's only the right shoe. I meant to drop it at the trailhead but brought it home with me by accident. If it's yours let me know and I can get it back to you
By ChloeB
Jul 23, 2015
Someone dropped a pair of prescription sunglasses on me here while climbing 6/27. Email me what kind they are and I'll return them to you! bartraca@mail.uc.edu
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