photo of Cathedral Lakes and Cathedral Peak, Yosemite National Park, CA

Cathedral Lakes

Yosemite National Park

Lower Cathedral Lake & Cathedral Peak

Cathedral Lakes Trailhead in Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center, Yosemite,  CA

Pick up Wilderness Permits at the Wilderness Center

Tuolumne Meadows can be reached by car or by hikers tour bus from Yosemite Valley or by YARTS from Yosemite Valley or Lee Vining to the east on Highway 395. A shuttle bus connecting points around Tuolumne Meadows runs from mid-June through the first week of September.
Yosemite Transportation

Tuolumne Meadows has a store, grill, post office, gas station, mountain shop, visitor center, and campground.


Park along the side of the highway at the Cathedral Lakes trailhead. If full, park at nearest legal space and ride free summer shuttle to the trailhead. Portable restrooms and bear boxes are available there.

Sign at Cathedral Lakes trailhead, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite,  CA

Nearby Camping and Lodging

Regular campgrounds at Tuolumne Meadows are usually full, but there is a backpackers' camp where you can spend one night before setting out on the trail. Campsites are equipped with bear lockers. Arrive early enough (ahead of the late day rush) to ensure you get a campsite.

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge has 69 canvas tent cabins. They have no electricity. Showers and restrooms are located in the center of the camp. They serve a family-style breakfast and dinner, reservations required.

More lodging and can be found east of the park along Highway 395 in Lee Vining.