During the hike you'll pass a series of waterfalls starting with White Cascade Falls followed by Tuolumne Falls, California Falls, Le Conte Falls and finally the geological wonder, Waterwhell Falls, where the water flows down over a series of grooves in the rocks that can propel the water close to 20' into the air in a counter clock wise wheel, really spectacular. #2 - Happy Isles, Vernall Falls, Half Dome, Tenaya Lake, and Mirror Lakes Loop, #3 - Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp. Before you go fishing, however, it’s best to check with the California Department of Fish and Game to make sure there are no special restrictions where you’ll be going. From the first recorded planting in 1877 until 1990, more than 33 million fish were stocked into waters of Yosemite. For updates, please visit https://www.yosemite.com/lodging/camping/glen-aulin/ This stretch of the trail can be split in half for a great multi-day trip with some great camp sites about 3 miles in. Cathedral Lakes to Yosemite Valley. There’s Cathedral Peak on the background According to the little brochure I got at the visitor center,, the trail should only take about 3-5 hours to complete the round trip. But going off trail in Yosemite National Park brings an euphoria of emotions. This is a typical hike in the Cathedral Range in the Yosemite … This hike will take you backpacking into Cathedral Lakes, then continue an 18 mile loop to Sunrise High Sierra Camp, and then onto Tenaya Lake. Unfortunately, the Cathedral Lakes trailhead was on Tioga road, and even as we stood in line at the ranger station in the valley the morning our trip was supposed to begin, Tioga Road was closed. Coming up out of Pate Valley heading towards Harden Lake is an elevation gain of almost 4,550' in just under 8 or so miles, be prepared for some thigh quivering demands. It's surrounded by Cathedral Peak in the east and by Echo and Tresidder Peaks along the southern shore, all of them over 10,000 feet (3,050 meters) in elevation. Lower Cathedral Lake is typically less populated than nearby Upper Lake and has some of the mot beautiful scenery on the JMT. The trailhead does not scream at you here I am like others, so be watchful after Tenaya Lake. Visitors are asked to use only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks. Fishing regulations in Yosemite National Park follow those set by the State of California. Kibbie Creek can be a torrent at high melt times, so come prepared and ask the ranger when you get the permit about it. This national park hit the 1 million mark in 1954, 2 million in 1967, 3 million in 1987, and touched 4 million in 1994. Great hike along the meandering Tuolumne River. All in all, this place is a nature and adventure lover’s paradise. According to the National Park Service, in the year 2012, Yosemite National Park was flooded with 4 million visitors. All other lakes and reservoirs (including Merced Lake) are open to visitors for fishing year-round. #8 - Merced Lake to Half Dome Loop via John Muir, Pack and Cloud Rest Trails, #9 - John Muir Trail: Tuolume Meadows to Donohue Pass, Happy Isles, Vernall Falls, Half Dome, Tenaya Lake, and Mirror Lakes Loop, Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, Merced Lake to Half Dome Loop via John Muir, Pack and Cloud Rest Trails, John Muir Trail: Tuolume Meadows to Donohue Pass. Research has shown that once fishless, the lakes are re-populated by native species, including frogs and invertebrates. Outside of the park, there are tons of great, quiet fishing spots, especially along the Merced River throughout Yosemite Mariposa County. 12 reviews of Yosemite Cathedral Lakes "Magnificent. https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/california/yosemite-national-park/fishing One of the most iconic destination outside of Yosemite Valley is Cathedral Lakes. The trip back takes you along a much easier trail called Kibbie Ridge which only gains a little elevation and is mostly down hill all the way to the car. The Cherry Creek trail begins by winding up through some very dry terrain but soon turns into pine and redwood trees. Here is the map. Discussion forum for Yosemite National Park. And a little mountain sickness. Fishing in Yosemite can be relaxing and exhilarating, all in the same day. It is not crowded at all. On the way to the lake, you take the Kibbie Creek trail. For visitors who plan on fishing during their stay at Yosemite, we ask that you are aware of and respect the NPS Regulations on wildlife fishing. For anglers of every stripe, Yosemite Mariposa County offers visitors an exceptional variety of sport and fly fishing opportunities. Cathedral Lakes Trail is a 8.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. They plan to camp at Sunrise Lakes and at Cathedral Lake to do some fishing. #YosemiteHiddenGem #YosemiteHiking Scenery: ★★★★★ Difficulty: ★★ I took different route than usual Cathedral lakes trail. Explore the most popular fishing trails in Yosemite National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. Yosemite National Park’s season for stream and river fishing begins on the last Saturday in April and continues through November 15, with the exception of Frog Creek near Lake Eleanor, which opens June 15. Wilderness Permits are required for overnight stays at the lakes. It climbs steady up to 7,200 ft making this a strenuous trail. ©2020 Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau, Yosemite Itineraries: What to Do in Yosemite. All persons 16 years of age and older must have a valid California sport fishing license to fish in Yosemite National Park. Drive all the way to the end of the road to reach the Kibbie Ridge trailhead. The scenic beauty of Cathedral Lakes draws both day hikers and backpackers to their shores. The view upon arrival is worth ever bit of work it takes to get there. The fishing season for Yosemite’s rivers and streams begins on the last Saturday in April and continues through November 15th. Spectacular. It begins at an elevation just under 9,000' and drops to a low elevation of 4,500' almost 19 miles later at Pate Valley. We had permits for six people leaving from the Cathedral Lakes trailhead. The 7-mile round trip hike is best done as an all-day outing, allowing plenty of time for exploring the lakes, fishing, photography, and a leisurely picnic. Horses are also able to use this trail. You can set up a camp right along the shore if you don't mind the mosquitos or you can camp on the granite on the West side or back toward the South a bit on granite that rises out of the lake making some great viewpoints. With dramatic Cathedral Peak standing in the background, Cathedral Lakes are among the most scenic destinations in the park. An alternate (and about 5 miles shorter route) is to start at the Kibbie Ridge trailhead and come back out that way as well. These permits were particularly valuable because they included the option to climb coveted Half Dome. She looked like the Indy Car driver Danica Patrick. Beginning in beautiful Tuolumne Meadows, the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada, the path ascends a thousand feet in three miles to a side trail to Lower Cathedral Lake. It is on the shores of Tenaya Lake that the last of the Yosemite Indians were captured by the Mariposa Battalion. We saw one couple on the trail. Cathedral Lakes. All lakes and reservoirs are open to fishing year-round. This is a rugged overnight backpack into the North country of Yosemite dropping in from Tuolumne Meadows into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. Going off trail on any adventure can be exciting for many explorers. Top. Fishing & Flowers at Sunrise Lakes in Yosemite August 23, 2017 • California Day Hikes Fishing Sierra Nevada The hike to Sunrise lakes meanders through pine trees, granite, and wildflowers and ends at a lake filled with decent size Brookies. Trailheads that start at Tenaya Lake lead to Cathedral Lakes, Clouds Rest, Half Dome, and the Yosemite Valley floor. It was hot and sunny when I did the hike, but interestingly, about a third of the trail was still covered in snow. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Lower Cathedral Lake is among the most impressive of Yosemite's granite-wrapped High Sierra lakes. Yosemite National Park’s season for stream and river fishing begins on the last Saturday in April and continues through November 15, with the exception of Frog Creek near Lake Eleanor, which opens June 15. Note: As of October 2020, the high camp is closed due to COVID-19. The trail is like a staircase: the first 0.8 mi ascends 600 ft, the next 0.7 mi is level, the next 0.6 mi ascends 600 ft, the last 0.7 mi before the junction descends 100 ft. Hikers can also add Laurel Lake to this loop - adding several miles to the trip. Tenaya Lake is a 4 mile hike from May Lake and is the largest in the Yosemite High Sierra. To complete the hike, you'll need to hike cross country back across the basin meadows to Middle Gaylor Lake, back up to the main trail and back down to the parking lot. Cathedral Lakes Yosemite National Park. Lower Cathedral Lake & Cathedral Peak. The park has 58 permanent streams with a combined length of 770 miles. May Lake contains beautiful eastern brook trout, and the best fishing there occurs late in the season. orienteering Regular Posts: 12 Joined: Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:25 pm. Of the many lakes reached by short hikes along the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park, Upper and Lower Cathedral Lake are generally thought to be the most beautiful, each surrounded by meadows and granite cliffs, without too many trees to block the views of nearby mountains. The trail is fairly steep, rising 1,000 feet in about 3.5 miles. But it is essential to register early if you plan to stay overnight. Fishing is permitted year-round at Yosemite National Park. It is mostly famous for its magnificent granite cliffs that extend over a large area, natural streams, waterfalls, and biological div… Along side of the lake a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers adds color to this amazing landscape. After researching and reading the full trail heads list and descriptors, I'm still quite confused. All other lakes and reservoirs (including Merced Lake) are open to visitors for fishing year-round. The trail is like a staircase: the first 0.8 mi ascends 600 ft, the next 0.7 mi is level, the next 0.6 mi ascends 600 ft, the last 0.7 mi before the junction descends 100 ft. High Sierra Trails website makes no warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of this map. by jms703 » Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:17 pm . This is a beautiful spot for a short hike and a great place to have a picnic and just take in the scenery. Looking for top Yosemite fishing? 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