Thursday, August 13, 2009
Yosemite: From Peaks To Sunsets
Day 2! This was my first full day and we decided to do one of my favorite hikes to Cathedral Peak. The trail is not maintained by the rangers, although it is in good condition due to frequent hikers. It is mainly used by climbers to reach the summit. Since I am not a climber, I scrambled up the side to about as high as you can get without ropes. The view is fantastic at about 10,500 feet, giving you a 300 degree view of the meadow and surrounding mountains. The trail is about 6 miles round trip with a 2000 foot elevation change. Check out my route at http://bit.ly/EFi9S. Thanks runkeeper!
I decided to take some pictures in the morning around the campsite as well as some sunset shots (my favorite time to shoot!) so enjoy!
This is part of the Tuolumne River which runs right by the campground. There were a few guys polar bearing every morning, which will definitely wake you up more than Starbucks ever could.
I'm not much of a flower photographer but I do appreciate beauty! That's Lembert Dome in the background.
Some of the many rocks near the river
Final scramble to the top!
Looking back to the meadow halfway up the peak
A view of Bud Lake and the surrounding mountains
Must climb higher!
The very top
You can barely see Half Dome in the distance from the top
Cathedral Lake down below
Rain headed our way. Time to go!
Nothing like a good lunch after a long hike
Lembert Dome in the fading light
Setting up for the sunset. You can check out my time lapse at
Doing what I love best
Panoramic of the surrounding mountains
From the meadow to the moon
There goes the sun...
The last rays of light