Cathedral Lakes

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Cathedral Lakes
Cathedral Peak and Lake in Yosemite.jpg
Lower Cathedral Lake, in the foreground, occupies a basin excavated in the granite by the ancient glaciers.
LocationYosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California
Coordinates37°50′38″N 119°25′19″W / 37.843814°N 119.421825°W / 37.843814; -119.421825Coordinates: 37°50′38″N 119°25′19″W / 37.843814°N 119.421825°W / 37.843814; -119.421825
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface elevation2,835 m (9,301 ft)

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 from the trailhead in Tuolumne Meadows.

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  • U.S. Geological Survey (19 January 1981). "Feature Detail Report: Cathedral Lakes". Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). U.S. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  • Hayes Roberts (22 December 2004). "Tuolumne Meadows Trail Distances and Descriptions". Yosemite National Park Division of Interpretation. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
  • "Cathedral Lakes". Yosemite Hikes. 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-26.