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Summer is for Hiking: Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park, September 8, 2012 (Tuolumne Meadows area)

A week after Glen Aulin visited the Cathedral Lakes during September 2012. This trail is in the Tuolumne area of Yosemite. Lovely to have had nice-looking clouds in the sky to mirror in the water. A very beautiful effect happens as the wind travels upon the water creating rich ripples into that sky mirror (the water) and I have posted just one or two of the photos which hold that effect. Many stop at the nearest bank to have lunch/snacks but if you walk around the lake you will get a magnificent view of Tenaya Lake. The trail can go either way around the lake – the photos included here are lined up as going around the Lower Lake to the right and then wrapping along the left bank on return. Discovered a marmot who posed for multiple photos before heading along to the upper lake. The upper lake is surrounded by solid rock and interspersion of trees. A cluster of tents indicating campers were along the far side of the upper lake. A thunderstorm began while there so scurried back down to get below the tree line. I have pasted some information below describing location and altitude of the area. The hike itself has a few climbs but overall not bad at all.

“The Cathedral Lakes are two lakes located In Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California. The lakes are situated 1.6 km (1 mi) southwest of Cathedral Peak and 3.2 km (2 mi) east-northeast of Tenaya Lake. The lower lake is located at elevation 9,288 feet (2,831 m), while the upper lake is located at elevation 9,585 feet (2,922 m). The John Muir Trail is nearby, with a 7 miles (11 km) round trip hike of from the trailhead in Tuolumne Meadows.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_Lakes

The trail to Cathedral Lake is part of the John Muir Trail,
http://www.yosemitehikes.com/tioga-road/cathedral-lakes/cathedral-lakes.htm

View of Cathedral Peak from lower Cathedral Lake on September 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

View of Cathedral Peak from lower Cathedral Lake on September 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Trail sign to Cathedral lakes on Sept 8, 2012

Trail sign to Cathedral lakes on Sept 8, 2012

Trail sign to Cathedral lakes on Sept 8, 2012

Trail sign to Cathedral lakes on Sept 8, 2012

Lower Lake from a distance, photo by kathryn arnold

Lower Lake from a distance, photo by kathryn arnold

Approaching Lower Cathedral lake on Sept 8 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Approaching Lower Cathedral lake on Sept 8 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Walk around the lake to the right, photo by kathryn arnold

Walk around the lake to the right, photo by kathryn arnold

View of Tenaya Lake from Cathedral Lake on Sept 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

View of Tenaya Lake from Cathedral Lake on Sept 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Walk around the lake returning along the left bank , ripples in the water. Photo by kathryn arnold

Walk around the lake returning along the left bank , ripples in the water. Photo by kathryn arnold

Marmot at Cathedral Lake on Sept 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Marmot at Cathedral Lake on Sept 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Along the way to Upper Cathedral Lake, sept 8, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold

Along the way to Upper Cathedral Lake, sept 8, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold

View of Upper Cathedral Lake, Sept 8, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold

View of Upper Cathedral Lake, Sept 8, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold

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