Cathedral Lakes Private Hike

Yosemite National Park
5.0 (2 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Alpine Lakes
  • Wonderful Summer Temps
  • Beautiful Yosemite Views
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Top-shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles
  • Tasty Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch

Description

This wonderful Yosemite hike links two of the most beloved areas in Yosemite by way of a pleasant and relatively easy trail through a forest of old growth lodgepole pines. Beginning in beautiful Tuolumne Meadows, the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada, the path ascends a thousand feet in three miles to a side trail to Lower Cathedral Lake. The upper and more scenic Cathedral Lake is reached after another half mile. Here, the incredible views of Cathedral Peak reflected in the lake are as much a symbol of Yosemite as El Capitan and Half Dome. Tressider Peak, a half mile to the southwest, is an easy walk-up for those with extra energy. Another option, for the adventurous, would be to return to the trailhead via Budd Creek, along the east slope of Cathedral Peak.

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

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4-6 Hours
$185-$570 Per Person
Season: 6/15-10/15

Season: 6/15-10/15

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Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 4-6 Hours
Distance: 8MI / 12.9KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

  • Level 1: 2-6 miles, less than 500 feet elevation change on good trails
  • Level 2: 3-8 miles, up to 2000 feet of elevation change on good trails
  • Level 3: 4-10 miles, up to 3000 feet of elevation change on good to rugged trails
  • Level 4: 4-12 miles, up to 4000 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail
  • Level 5: 6-16 miles, up to 5,500 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves
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Rates

Rates

  • 1 person: $570
  • 2 people: $310 per person
  • 3 people: $270 per person
  • 4-5 people: $220 per person
  • 6-7 people: $185 per person
  • 10 and younger: $135 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include guide gratuity or a 5% pass-through fee charged by Yosemite National Park

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

The listed dates reflect general availability for Yosemite day hike tours. You will select your exact hike during the registration process. The season for this hike is Jun 15-Oct 15 (but can vary based on spring snow pack and road closures).

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800-715-HIKE (4453)

Trip Details

Trip Details

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED (REQUIRED)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED (RECOMMENDED)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

FOOD: WHAT TO EXPECT

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

WHERE DO WE MEET?

This hike meets in Tuolumne Meadows at the trailhead. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days prior to coordinate the rendezvous and answer any last minute questions you have.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

GUIDES

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

GROUP SIZE AND AGE RESTRICTIONS

The maximum group size on this hiking tour is 7 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

WEATHER IN THE SIERRAS

Being a high mountain environment, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. On trips in June, snow is a possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
Valleys
Alpine
hi
low
hi
low
January
49°
26°
45°
25°
February
55°
28°
46°
26°
March
59°
31°
48°
27°
April
65°
35°
54°
30°
May
73°
42°
62°
37°
June
81°
51°
71°
46°
July
89°
57°
77°
50°
August
89°
56°
81°
53°
September
82°
51°
71°
46°
October
74°
39°
62°
37°
November
58°
31°
51°
29°
December
48°
26°
46°
25°

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (2 reviews)
Mary D.
5.0

High Expectations Met

1 year ago

I have high expectations and this company and our guide Dylan met them. He was profwessional on all accounts. Knew the hike and gave great history and local stories. I'm a hiker and traveler and although I could have done this by myself I thought for my birthday I'd leave all the navigation and meals to someone else. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our day thanks to Dylan.

Andrea R.
5.0

Wonderful Time

4 years ago

This was my second time choosing Wildland for a trip and we had a wonderful time on our day hike. JP was a great guide, he shared a lot of park history and knowledge with us, and made a great lunch! I will be sure to choose Wildland again when going on my next trek.

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