Cathedral Lake

4 reviews #6 hike out of 486 in
5.5 mi
Distance
2 hrs 31 min
Time
terrain
2,002 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult out and back trail to Cathedral Lake in White River National Forest.


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    1 month, 1 week ago
    We did an early Sept hike, starting at 8:45am on a Tuesday so only saw 3 other hikers on the way up. Passed quite a few more on the way back down though. It's a steady incline most of the way until the last 1/2 mile. Early on the trail passes through a Aspen forest, then opens up a bit when the trail runs along Pine Creek where you see the debris field from a previous avalanche(?) on the other side of the creek. Meadows, rock fields, and a stream crossing near the top all along the route make the hike very picturesque. But nothing compares to the clear waters of Cathedral Lake in front of the Rocky backdrop of the mountains springing up behind it. Beautiful spot, and worth the hike up!
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    1 month, 1 week ago
    This trail offers steady climbing and a nice variety between aspen groves, conifer forests, and valley views along a cascading creek. The lake at the top is a nice place to take in the alpine beauty. Altitude is high, and the parking is readily available in the morning but fills up quickly.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    This trail offers steady climbing and a nice variety between aspen groves, conifer forests, and valley views along a cascading creek. The lake at the top is a nice place to take in the alpine beauty. Altitude is high, and the parking is readily available in the morning but fills up quickly.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    11 months, 3 weeks ago
    This is a relatively short but strenuous hike, but worth every mile! Hiking in late October will have a lot fewer hikers, but expect cooler temperatures and patches of snow and ice. The majority of the trail was clear, but the last switchbacks up to the lake were snow covered and I broke trail through about a foot of snow. Some sort of ice grippers on your hiking shoes are required as well as hiking poles for that stretch. I had Stabilicers and poles. I took a leisurely pace up and took photos, so it was about 2 hours up to the lake. I got chased back down by a small snow squall, so that took about an hour and 40 minutes down.
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