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Base of Cathedral Peak Spine
updated: Feb 05, 2013, 1:30 PM

By Robert Bernstein

Cathedral Peak is one of the most beautiful hikes in the front country. Unfortunately for many, it is also one of the most strenuous. On Sunday I led a Sierra Club hike that gives a taste of that hike without being too strenuous. We just went to the beginning of the long, rocky spine that leads to the top.

It is a bit steep in places, but the elevation gain is only about 1,000 feet, bringing us just above Inspiration Point from behind it. Cool!

We had a diverse group of eleven hikers for this Base of Cathedral Peak Spine outing. One couple was not up for the steep climb, but they relaxed in the lower Seven Falls area as the rest of the group continued up.

As on a previous hike, young Raphael was the star, leading the way up this primitive, rocky trail. His mother Nicole was happy to give him room to explore on his own.

Raphael also picked out a perfect lunch spot with sweeping views of the coast and also back into the Seven Falls canyon of Mission Creek.

Everyone had a good time on this beautiful day! A hike that is short yet challenging and spectacular!

Here are my photos!

 

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