The peak is approached from the Kwakwatsi Valley where there is an unnamed pass between two nameless peaks near Mlambonja Pass. Every Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting, one of the Cathedral Peak Hotel guides sets off with a group of hikers (limited to 8) to the top of Cathedral Peak and back down again. The easiest approach is via the Cathedral Lakes Trailhead in Tuolumne Meadows. Transport, tents, hiking permits, food, cooking and eating utensils are taken care of. You don't want to take your chances at Cathedral. Update by edhat staff A hiker was airlifted from Cathedral Peak due to dehydration and heat-related illness on Friday afternoon. across the road. Well established use trail climbs from Mission Creek to La Cumbre Peak via Cathedral Peak. All you would need is a backpack, sleeping bag and hiking clothing to survive in the mountains for 3 days. The hike usually begins at Tunnel Trailhead, then follows the road up for a mile. Wiseman Mdluli is a freelance mountain guide operating through the Cathedral Peak Hotel. I'd say that when the trail color changes from light and sandy to darker brown and more like dirt(coming down from that smaller ridge west of Cathedral Peak into the saddle valley), you're going to have to be careful about sliding down on your bum. Cathedral Peak Climbing Notes. The trailhead is located on the west end of the meadow, about a mile west of the visitor center. That is to say, you gain elevation quickly, mostly on steep primitive single track trails and by climbing straight up boulders. There were a couple of fallen trees. Hiking up Cathedral Peak is what is termed, in hiker's jargon, as a vertical endeavour. Some of the commenters below clearly did not do this trail. Staying straight will take you up to 3 Pools. There is a trail to it which you can follow. Watch your step and keep your eyes on the trail on the way up and down. no ropes or gymnastics needed.) Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Turn left on this junction. The hike to Cathedral Peak is a very strenuous boulder climb, but beginning are low-hanging branches to duck under. and scrambled to the top of what he named Cathedral Peak. The views are The rest of the way for this hike To the right the Edison You end up at the same place! Reviews. They are not kidding about that. [quote:5d1a4ccdb1="kirkt"]That's why I was especially disappointed, again, to find that someone had removed the register at the top of Cathedral Peak. At Arlington I read a touching note from someone to a dear friend who had perhaps passed on, tucked into a small hole, and that reminded me of the purpose of the holiday. road becomes dirt. and up the valley again, is like almost impossible because the soil is so loose. That's a good tale, and a cautionary one. It was a stunning, beautiful Memorial Day. The Cathedral range, with its numerous free standing peaks and magnificent mountain scenery, is one of the most favoured parts of the Berg for backpacking and rock climbing. The hike takes us to the summit of the Drakensberg Cathedral Peak which soars into the African sky to an elevation of 3004m. Not an easy hike but a very scenic one. Peaks in the Cathedral Peak area. 1345, and follow the dirt trail into the forest. Cathedral Peak, it is the large, jutting rock formation that you see. Definitely a hard hike but the views were incredible. All comments are run through a spam check (that probably catches way too many false positives) and moderated and will not display unless approved, which can take days if I'm away on the trail. The sun-rays shining through the jagged horizon and the rolling, grassy hills are not-of this planet and look like they belong in one of my dreams. This is a very challenging hike! The climb consists of five pitches of easy and moderate crack and face climbing on perfect rock. There is a nook in the Continue straight, Follow As others have commented though, do not underestimate this trail. Look for a side trail I did this yesterday and didn't see a soul after you climb out of the creek area. summit rock with a book for logging your joyous summit. This is the trailhead. While commonly used to access the Alpine Lakes backcountry, the trail up to Cathedral Pass is a worthy destination on its own. Jadon Z. The junction goes up to Cathedral To find the registers as of 7/27: The traverse trail from Arlington to Cathedral will take you to the rocks on the east side of the summit of Cathedral. Either way, once you reach the west side the summit, you will see the register boxes in the shade between two large rocks. I found a bush of "brem" (in Dutch) that I pushed down and laid down on. Gloves for the return trip are also a good idea as your hands may become burned and raw from the hot rocks. Start at Toulumne Meadows (8000 ft), and take the John Muir Trail, on the south side of Tioga Road. After about 1 mile, an unmarked trail will appear on your left – it is a less-traveled path, primarily taken by climbers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from May until September. Loved It!! Lots of rock scrambling so good traction shoes are a must. Bring lots of water and head out early so you have plenty of time to come back down. Anyway. Go just a little ways, maybe a few hundred yards further, and off to On the way down I accidentally went down to 7 Falls, took the high road from there back to the main trail. I got an early start today and went up the Cathedral Peak trail, all the way to Camino Cielo and then looped back down the Tunnel trail. This is a steep trail that takes you on a class three rock climb to the top of “Cathedral Peak.” The actual Cathedral Peak, at 3333 ft., is a jutting rock formation a bit further, but this trail goes to a peak just in front of it, properly named Arlington Peak, where there is a nook in a rock with a sign-in book to register your joyous summit. [/quote:5d1a4ccdb1] The last time I was able to find the box off the peak a ways down the north slope, but not this time. What the hiking experience on the Cathedral Peak route is all about. I found a spot in between boulders. All systems go, amazing how quickly I recovered once I got moving. This is a 12.4 mile loop hike with 4600 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 6-8 hours to complete. The after-rain conditions made for a beautiful sunset with scattered clouds blown towards the ocean. Beautiful hike. At 2:45 p.m., county firefighters, search and rescue teams, and a helicopter responded to a report of an injured or sick hiker above Tunnel Trail near Cathedral Peak where it was 100 degrees in temperature. I don't understand why someone would take the box without leaving a replacement, and I can't say I have anything charitable to say about the person who did it, without knowing why. Snyder, Freemont Trail and Knapp's Castle, Great Day Hikes in Santa Barbara, Front Country and Camino Cielo Hikes, Class 3 rock climbing, steep, primitive trail. The Three Pools portion of the 7 Falls and 3 Pools trail will break off to the right soon in the climb. Summiting the three peaks along the Cathedral Peak Trail (Arlington Peak, Cathedral Peak, and La Cumbre Peak) is both athletically challenging as well as navigationally challenging. No sign of a register or anything. At first there are a number of side trails back to the creek. This is a 12.4 mile loop hike with 4600 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 6-8 hours to complete. Made it up there yesterday. Cheers. and park your car. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. There are no facilities. just two I think. The trail is marked from the valley on up. The summit is a small block big enough for a couple people to squeeze on. It insulated perfectly like a sleeping pad. Eventually the trail will sort of level off under I'd recommend a good weather check before heading out. The trailhead serves many trails, some quite heavily used, and parking can easily be more than half a mile away. The summit, at about 3333ft. I love this canopy. Not all too safe given there are some bits of bouldering where you really need your wits about you. (At least, I shouldn't have had to.. :roll:) lesser peak actually named Arlington Peak. It is not for the faint-hearted and is for seasoned hikers who know the 'berg. It was like 95 degrees and beautiful but just scorching. After a mile of gentle uphill, the road turns to dirt and you follow it just a little more toward the turnoff to Jesusita Trail. A comfortable hike from the Cathedral Peak Hotel, Ribbon Falls is a stunning natural waterfall that is said to have some of the cleanest drinking water in the area. Information about Adventure Pass and Forest Management Fees. It gives you one hell of a workout and the views are unbeatable. Hike the Cathedral Peak Loop. Pretty good. But to the right going to a look-out rock. After about 1 mile, an unmarked trail will appear on your left – it is a less-traveled path, primarily taken by climbers. Great challenging hike/rock scramble. Well, I hiked Jesusita to La Cumbre Peak on April 30th. Hike up to the end of the road by the large water tank and metal gate It seemed like the longest night in my life. 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