For those of us not willing to hike to the base of the mountain, Cathedral Peak can best be photographed from the banks of the Tuolumne River in Tuolumne Meadows (see A on the map). Near Soda Springs, a footbridge crosses the river. Hiking either east or west along the river at this point rewards you with excellent views of Cathedral Peak reflecting in the river (see figure 3.1).
The best location from which to photograph Cathedral Peak: (A) along the Tuolumne River in Tuolumne Meadows. Other photo ops: (5) Dog Lake, (12) Lembert Dome, (21) Tenaya Lake, (24) Tuolumne Meadows, (25) Unicorn Peak.