Cathedral Range

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This article is about the mountain range in Yosemite National Park. For the mountain range in Australia, see Cathedral Range (Victoria).
Cathedral Range
Cathedral Range showing Unicorn Peak and Cathedral Peak.jpg
The Cathedral Range as seen from the North. Cathedral Peak is on the right
Highest point
Peak Mount Florence
Elevation 12,561 ft (3,829 m) [1]
Length 10 mi (16 km)
Cathedral Range is located in California
Cathedral Range
Location of Cathedral Range in California
Country United States
State California
County Madera County
Range coordinates 37°44′N 119°16′W / 37.74°N 119.27°W / 37.74; -119.27Coordinates: 37°44′N 119°16′W / 37.74°N 119.27°W / 37.74; -119.27[2]
Parent range Sierra Nevada (U.S.)
Topo map USGS Mount Lyell
Cathedral Range from the summit of Fairview Dome. From L-R: Unicorn Peak, Cockscomb, Echo Ridge and Cathedral Peak.

The Cathedral Range is a mountain range immediately to the South of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. The range is an offshoot of the Sierra Nevada. It includes Cathedral Peak, Unicorn Peak, Eichorn Pinnacle, Echo Peaks, Echo Ridge, Matthes Crest, and Cockscomb.[3] The mountains were formed by glaciers carving out the granite material. The tops of the peaks in the range were above the level of the highest glaciation, and are therefore un-eroded and distinctly spire-like.[4] The range is named after Cathedral Peak, which resembles a cathedral spire.

The range runs beside the two Cathedral Lakes, just one mile southwest of Cathedral Peak. Hikers can access the lakes and Cathedral range by the John Muir trail from the trailhead in Tuolumne Meadows. The highest point in the range is Mount Florence, one of the most prominent peaks in the Yosemite high country.


  1. ^ "Cathedral Range". Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Cathedral Range". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  3. ^ Burd, Bob (Sep 25, 2003). "Unicorn Peak". Summit Post. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Matthes, François E. (1930). Glacial History of the Yosemite Valley. USGS. Professional Paper 160.