Loved It!! For Cathedral Peak, stay straight on the dirt Hikes in Cathedral Peak area. This peak is set high up between Ntonjelana Pass and Mlambonja Pass. Takes some time to figure out the trail and to get through the over grown sections. They are not kidding about that. Information about Adventure Pass and Forest Management Fees. Not sure if they were removed at the time of your comment, or simply very well concealed. Hiking trip report, map, and photos for La Cumbre Peak via Cathedral Peak and Mission Ridge Loop, located in Los Padres National Forest, California. The hike is about 4 miles round trip with an elevation At times the trail is hard to find. If you would like to visit the true The peak is approached from the Kwakwatsi Valley where there is an unnamed pass between two nameless peaks near Mlambonja Pass. I'd recommend looping through tunnel maybe. Basically South Africa Adventures and the guides arrange everything. Pretty good. I think that might be better. Bring lots of water and be ready to get dirty. It is unmarked and unnamed. Frankly, I adopted that strategy, and it worked out OK. Lots of rock scrambling so good traction shoes are a must. I got an early start today and went up the Cathedral Peak trail, all the way to Camino Cielo and then looped back down the Tunnel trail. Reviews. Snyder, Freemont Trail and Knapp's Castle, Great Day Hikes in Santa Barbara, Front Country and Camino Cielo Hikes, Class 3 rock climbing, steep, primitive trail. All systems go, amazing how quickly I recovered once I got moving. The trail is exposed to the hot sun. This is a 10.8 mile loop hike with 4500 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 6-8 hours to complete. Here, find the trail traveling steeply up the west side of the canyon north of Jesusita. A lot of suffering but I think it was the right thing to do, better safe than sorry. I tried making it down but the trails have changed and I found myself backtracking a few times until I decided to give up. The hike takes us to the summit of the Drakensberg Cathedral Peak which soars into the African sky to an elevation of 3004m. You will know you are there because you have emerged from the dense Park along the road to the right of the white line and outside of marked no parking zones. The easiest route involves some rock scrambling and is a little bit exposed in places, but does not necessitate the use of rope in dry conditions. I'd say that the trail is pretty well maintained the whole way though. 4 / MOUNTAIN BIKE UP MIKE’S PASS If you like your scenery to come with some pedalling rather than hiking, then Mike’s Pass is a great option. This is the trailhead. Still, I never shook that much in my life just to stay warm. I'd say that when the trail color changes from light and sandy to darker brown and more like dirt(coming down from that smaller ridge west of Cathedral Peak into the saddle valley), you're going to have to be careful about sliding down on your bum. Ended up taking about 10 hours to do it in the one day, didn't expect the rock climbing, but it was a very welcome surprise, the challenge was definitely a bonus to the experience, and once you're up, the view is incredible! The last time I was able to find the box off the peak a ways down the north slope, but not this time. CATHEDRAL PEAK HOTEL HIKES AND WALKS. So I did this hike but different than what the map says! Batteries dead. road becomes dirt. this unnamed, unmarked trail. It's a small thing to be able to say "I was here" in some way after reaching the top. The scramble up along the rocky ridge includes some class 2 rock climbing. That's to say, it's not great, but there weren't any manzanitas I had to bushwhack through. The Cathedral range, with its numerous free standing peaks and magnificent mountain scenery, is one of the most favoured parts of the Berg for backpacking and rock climbing. And 2 dead flashlights is a good example of how even doing everything right isn't a sure bet! I suspect they only did the part until the creek, which is a walk in the park compared to what comes after. This is a very challenging hike! Cathedral Peak Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. I just completed this trail for the first time and it was absolutely incredible. Well, I hiked Jesusita to La Cumbre Peak on April 30th. The route from the Tunnel Trailhead to the top is 4 miles that are often quite steep. I drove and parked at La Cumbre Peak then started the hike from there. creek. past that is a junction to your left. Challenge. not taking Tunnel Trail, for a few more yards to the junction on the Go only a few feet up the creek, keeping a careful lookout for a After about 1 mile, an unmarked trail will appear on your left – it is a less-traveled path, primarily taken by climbers. continues straight across the creek, going up to Inspiration Pt. Got some upper body workouts as well coming back down. From either the east or west, take Highway 120 into Yosemite NP and drive to Tuolumne Meadows. I'll leave it up to you. Gavin Raubenheimer, Peak High Mountaineering from SOUTH AFRICA writes: The Standard Route is a C grade scramble route. But it should be replaced. Sitting up leaning forward, arms to body, legs together helped. Sleeping on the rock is cold. I brought 1.5 Liters of water, and really should've brought maybe 3(4.5?) Towering for 3004 metres, the Cathedral Peak is the highest free standing mountain in the Drakensberg. Anyway. You will need good shoes, water, food: I realized when I got to Cathedral Peak that I had left my snack in the car so going down was really tough – I was feeling dizzy in parts. Hiking up Cathedral Peak is what is termed, in hiker's jargon, as a vertical endeavour. At the fork in the road, stay left on Tunnel Rd. I'd recommend a good weather check before heading out. As someone who regularly climbs 14ers, this hike was harder than I expected. Once you reach the creek the entrance to the trail is lined by rocks, included a photo for reference since we took the wrong trail at first and it was painful. Heading up to La Cumbre isn't bad. Around the bend the Be careful to park with it's fun and not difficult (i.e. You don't want to take your chances at Cathedral. find your way, you may want to rethink taking this hike. And some protein and/or electrolyte something. The junction goes up to Cathedral Transport, tents, hiking permits, food, cooking and eating utensils are taken care of. It gives you one hell of a workout and the views are unbeatable. I highly recommend starting as early as possible because this trail gets HOT! You end up at the same place! It was like 95 degrees and beautiful but just scorching. The trailhead serves many trails, some quite heavily used, and parking can easily be more than half a mile away. There are no facilities. [quote:5d1a4ccdb1="kirkt"]That's why I was especially disappointed, again, to find that someone had removed the register at the top of Cathedral Peak. Highly recommended. Ok spare light then. It seemed like the longest night in my life. I found a spot in between boulders. Either way, once you reach the west side the summit, you will see the register boxes in the shade between two large rocks. The summit is a small block big enough for a couple people to squeeze on. Mission Canyon Rd. Nature can inspire these attempts to put difficult thoughts into words, and the contemplation of them and whatever associations they may bring. Spectacularly fun climb. Heading up Arlington is always a little tricky, but totally fine and in good shape. That is to say, you gain elevation quickly, mostly on steep primitive single track trails and by climbing straight up boulders. Isn't really Cathedral Peak, but a But it got cold and windy. Up Cathedral is, OK, but the soil is eroding a little, so watch your step. Eventually the trail will sort of level off under You start the trail on a paved access road that the Edison Company uses. I lost the trail a couple of times on the descent and messed up my hands pretty good (gloves recommended per the article!!). Cathedral Peak is the ultimate same day hike. I summited Cathedral on 7/20 and 7/27, and both times there were two ammo cases full of register materials dating back a few years. Well, I wish you all good hikes and safeness and stuff. to the right going to a look-out rock. Hiking up Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa is a real challenge! The Jesusita Trail Turn left on this junction. Hike Distance: 7 miles (11.2 km) round trip to Upper or Lower Cathedral Lakes; 8 miles (12.8 km) round trip to see both Hiking Time: 3 - 5 hours Trailhead Elevation: 8,500 feet (2,590 meters) Lower Cathedral Lake Elevation: 9,290 feet (2,830 meters) Definitely a hard hike but the views were incredible. Great challenging hike/rock scramble. The summit, at about 3333ft. Take the middle of the three options—you may want to use the Hiking Project mobile app to make sure you are on the right track. Staying straight will take you up to 3 Pools. Reviews. On the way down I accidentally went down to 7 Falls, took the high road from there back to the main trail. Definitely not for the faint of heart/inexperienced hiker as it does include quite a bit of scrambling up steep rocky slopes. Such a beautiful hike! Cathedral Peak 10,941’ Sierra Nevada – Rock Climbing Total Time: 13:00 Distance: 7.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2600′ Crux: Class 5.6 Pitches: 7 Protection: Cams BD 0.4-4, set of nuts and he… alert, and always be looking for signs of the trail, such as other 3/4 mile cross creek on wooden bridge. I don't understand why someone would take the box without leaving a replacement, and I can't say I have anything charitable to say about the person who did it, without knowing why. where it is possible to miss the trail. The color of the rocks was outstanding. The stunning 360 degree views are worth every step of the 1500m climb up from the parking lot at the Cathedral Peak Hotel. It is a very busy locale and there are usually a dozen or more cars parked there at any given time during the summer.To approach the west side of Cathedral Peak take the JMT south towards Cathedral Lake for about 3.5 miles. beginning are low-hanging branches to duck under. As of last weekend, closed until 10/3/2020 due to construction/wild fire. This is a 12.4 mile loop hike with 4600 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 6-8 hours to complete. Very downhill then uphill to get to the peak! just two I think. Cathedral Peak Climbing Notes. Continue straight, The approach takes about an hour and is long enough from the road and hiking trails to give you a little peace (often to be shared with many climbers - start early). Take a look; you can see 7 Falls below you. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from May until September. You’ll want to keep your phone on you to make sure you don’t take a wrong turn. lesser peak actually named Arlington Peak. One of the most stunning peaks in Yosemite, Cathedral is blessed with some great moderate climbing. The hike to Cathedral Peak is a very strenuous boulder climb, but This is a 12.4 mile loop hike with 4600 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 6-8 hours to complete. Cathedral Peak is one of the best known and most climbed peaks in the Drakensberg. A long arduous hike requiring a high level of fitness. Begin at the Cathedral Pass trailhead, at the sign for Cathedral Trail No. liters. On the way down I wanted to turn on my flashlight. Cathedral Peak from near Cathedral Lakes, with Eichorn Pinnacle in the foreground. At about the 1 mile mark you will reach the creek. your tires completely within the line or you will be towed. Anyway, congratulations on a good self rescue! Coming back down, is just, kind of like a big gravel boulder slide. Hike the Cathedral Peak Loop. But hold onto trees, watch out for roots in the trail, and when you get down to the bottom --By God-- it is so beautiful. The stunning 360 degree views are worth every step of the 1500m climb up from the parking lot at the Cathedral Peak Hotel. At about the 1 mile and a half point, you will reach the ridgeline. Bordered in the north and north-west by the Upper Tugela Location and in the south by the Mdedelelo Wilderness, the area is dominated by the spire like Cathedral Peak after which it is named. side, and you'll be looking for a small trail off the left side.). Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Didn't pose any trouble. Jadon Z. Vines and some lovely oaks too. The views just get more and more stunning the closer you get to Arlington Peak. This is a steep trail that takes you on a class three rock climb to the top of “Cathedral Peak.” The actual Cathedral Peak, at 3333 ft., is a jutting rock formation a bit further, but this trail goes to a peak just in front of it, properly named Arlington Peak, where there is a nook in a … There is a junction here. You can continue and make it to Arlington which would be fun. Just The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Seems like you did a great job avoiding becoming a statistic, did everything right. Start at Toulumne Meadows (8000 ft), and take the John Muir Trail, on the south side of Tioga Road. Cathedral Peak is a free-standing mountain within the magnificent Drakensberg Mountain Range in KwaZulu-Natal. John Muir didn’t take long to seek out the most beautiful peak of the Tuolumne region. Wiseman Mdluli is a freelance mountain guide operating through the Cathedral Peak Hotel. It was overcast in SB which meant an absence of magnificent views, but climbing through the clouds and enjoying the sun and blue sky was reward enough. It's been suggested I recommend you not bring a dog. A comfortable hike from the Cathedral Peak Hotel, Ribbon Falls is a stunning natural waterfall that is said to have some of the cleanest drinking water in the area. While commonly used to access the Alpine Lakes backcountry, the trail up to Cathedral Pass is a worthy destination on its own. It's all grown in with clovers and shooting stars. No sign of a register or anything. Cathedral Peak is part of the Cathedral Range, a mountain range in the south-central portion of Yosemite National Park in eastern Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties. Not an easy hike but a very scenic one. This is a super strenuous boulder hop. Well established use trail climbs from Mission Creek to La Cumbre Peak via Cathedral Peak. This is not obvious. The Three Pools portion of the 7 Falls and 3 Pools trail will break off to the right soon in the climb. The range is an offshoot of the Sierra Nevada. From Cathedral Peak, there are three options for trails down the steep slope to the saddle pass before your final push up La Cumbre Peak. you are going to Cathedral Peak, which means you turn right up the The last bit was bona fide class 4, making it the hardest climb yet done in the country. Down from Cathedral was kinda dangerous because of soil erosion, again. resistance usually does the trick of keeping you on the trail. people's foot prints in the dirt. Stay alert as you climb because there are a few points The writer's words were poignant and well chosen. Cathedral Peak is one of the most aesthetic routes in Tuolumne. It was a stunning, beautiful Memorial Day. Starts from Cathedral Peak Hotel, up the path to the Cathedral Ridge. Peak. There is a trail to it which you can follow. The trail climbs steeply, increasing in steepness ever so The last time I was able to find the box off the peak a ways down the north slope, but not this time. The road makes a jag and becomes All comments are run through a spam check (that probably catches way too many false positives) and moderated and will not display unless approved, which can take days if I'm away on the trail. Plan to spend at least 9 or 10 hours on the trail. Thanks for sharing your story.I am the guy you ran into on the ridge when you were heading down that morning! To arrange any trips in the Cathedral Peak area he can be contacted on 076 089 4307. Down from Arlington is generally good. Upon climbing Cathedral Peak in South Africa, I have determined this place to easily be entered into my top 10 most beautiful places on Earth if not top 1. Cathedral Peak to Ndedema - A moderate to severe hike of 3 hours or 3.5 kms We got lost a few times. After a mile of gentle uphill, the road turns to dirt and you follow it just a little more toward the turnoff to Jesusita Trail. It’s a shame that I saw so much trash on the trail. It insulated perfectly like a sleeping pad. At the Hike up to the end of the road by the large water tank and metal gate I found a bush of "brem" (in Dutch) that I pushed down and laid down on. You should bring 2 liters of water. That's why I was especially disappointed, again, to find that someone had removed the register at the top of Cathedral Peak. At Arlington I read a touching note from someone to a dear friend who had perhaps passed on, tucked into a small hole, and that reminded me of the purpose of the holiday. But yeah. The hike usually begins at Tunnel Trailhead, then follows the road up for a mile. The climb consists of five pitches of easy and moderate crack and face climbing on perfect rock. bike ride of its own. The first few pitches are on low angle terrain that gradually steepens and becomes more difficult. Taking the path of least trail which will take up to the left and up away from the creek. If you doubt your abilities to There are 19 walks/hikes that leave and return to the Hotel, for all levels of fitness, skill and ability. (But cross the creek first because it's easier on the other a canopy of the elfin forest. I'd watch out not to sit on ants. There is a guided walk/hike that leaves the hotel every morning (see reception for details of which hike on which day). Directions: To get to the trailhead, the first 0.7 miles of Tunnel Trail South is an old, unused paved road. The Cathedral Peak Hotel runs free guided hikes for its guests a couple of times a week and guides can also be arranged from Ezimvelo KZN Wildlife’s Didima Resort and the campsite. road at this junction. Cathedral Peak is part of the Cathedral Range, a mountain range in the south-central portion of Yosemite National Park in eastern Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties. The trail is marked from the valley on up. This trail can become brutally hot, even in winter, and combined with the steep aspect, requires more water than similar miles on other trails. Cathedral Peak. Turn onto Jesusita (toward Inspiration Point) for a short time to the bottom of Mission Creek. The views are Hike Distance: 7 miles (11.2 km) round trip to Upper or Lower Cathedral Lakes; 8 miles (12.8 km) round trip to see both Hiking Time: 3 - 5 hours Trailhead Elevation: 8,500 feet (2,590 meters) Lower Cathedral Lake Elevation: 9,290 feet (2,830 meters) Cathedral Peak, it is the large, jutting rock formation that you see. I love this canopy. For guests of the hotel, all guided hikes are free, but a wide variety of privately guided walks for non-residents can be arranged through the hotel. 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