Cathedral Lake Basin Route
ElevationAscent: 153' 47 m
Descent: -35' -11 m
High: 10,803' 3,293 m
Low: 10,650' 3,246 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A short off-trail route up a sharp ridge that leads to the beautiful Cathedral, Chapel, and Midway Lakes.”— Lee Watts
From Pearl Lake, climb the ridge to the south and then make a short traverse to reach a point just above Chapel Lake. The slopes are steep, but if you choose your route carefully, it is possible for a non-rock climber to do this fairly safely. It is easier to find the right route when coming from Pearl Lake than when going back, so try to keep track of how you got there.
Once you reach Chapel Lake, you can wander among the three lakes as you please. All three are great camping locations.
The route up Finger Col starts from Cathedral Lake. This is beyond my comfort level, even though it is rated as Class 2.
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Land Manager: USFS - Sierra National Forest Office