Submitted by Jason Hardrath:
This link up loop takes climbers trail left around to the classic “Southeast Buttress” route up the astonishing Cathedral Peak then crosses the saddle to the also classic “Eichorn Pinnacle” 5.4yds before descending down to the John Muir Trail to return to the car. The Southeast Buttress 5.6yds of Cathedral Peak is justifiably one of the most well-known and popular climbs in Tuolumne Meadows. Originally climbed in 1943 by Wilts and Spencer Austin.
Ok, the beta...
Start at the rocks delineating the edge of the “bear box area” at the Cathedral Lakes pull of on Tioga Road.
Run up the trail for .43ish mile before you find the climbers trail breaking left from the JMT
Follow this for about 2.2 more miles (you do have to follow cairns intermittently)
Then, As you get to the climb (see photos)...
You can really climb all over the southest buttress. You get the most climbing if you start at it's lowest point, in the middle. Many people start up and to the right a little, which loses some vertical, and the first pitch over there isn't so good. However you start, after 3 pitches, steadily increasing from 5.3 to 5.6, you'll probably be funneled into a chimney. It can get crowded here, and a backpack can be a real pain. Climb around to the left and it's smooth sailing however. There are so many options, passing people is generally easy if you're competent at the grade, and there are usually people all over the face. A spectacular climb not to be missed.
Then after a short down-climb traverse the saddle to Eichorn Pinnacle wrapping around it to your right as you approach to find the 5.4yds line to the summit
Reverse this upclimb of the Pinnacle back down
then descend below the Pinnacle to the JMT below and run back to the car.
Can we get two tabs here
"Cathedral + Eichorn Loop"