Elevation: 10,587 ft
GPS: 37.848, -119.406 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Nick Wilder on Jun 22, 2006 with 3 Suggestions
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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. There 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 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 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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Classic Climbing Routes at Cathedral Peak

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b PG13
 42
John Muir Route (The Mountaineer…
Trad, Alpine
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
 5
Garden Party
Trad, Alpine
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 1,404
Southeast Buttress
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 3
Family Flake
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 8
Hops'n'Barley
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 7
Double Down
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 6
Metal Pecker
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 4
Beer Gut
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 3
Muscle Fat
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 4
Slab Time
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 8
Panic Pillar
Trad, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 17
Grand Central
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
The Original Route
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
John Muir Route (The Mounta… Southeast Slopes
 42
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b PG13 Trad, Alpine
Garden Party N Buttress
 5
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Trad, Alpine
Southeast Buttress Southeast Slopes
 1,404
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Family Flake N Buttress
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Hops'n'Barley N Buttress
 8
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Double Down N Buttress
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Metal Pecker N Buttress
 6
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Beer Gut N Buttress
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Muscle Fat N Buttress
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Slab Time N Buttress
 4
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, Alpine
Panic Pillar Panic Pillar
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, Alpine
Grand Central N Buttress
 17
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
The Original Route Cathedral Wall
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
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