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Cathedral Rock
Created On: Aug 27, 2010
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A newspaper report in 1896 reported Cathedral Rock as "a great knob of rock". Cathedral Rock has a nice setting beside snowy Mt. Daniel and the wide Cle Elum Valley. Many have passed by it on their way to climb Mt. Dainiel, a big snowy Alpine Lakes highpoint as well as a county two-fer highpoint, as well as #1 on the Home Court List. The rock would probably receive much more attention if it didn't blend in with Mt. Daniel when viewed from a distance. It was first climbed by James Grieve between 1882 and 1896 according to the Cascade Alpine Guide.

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Tucquala LakeCathedral Rock from the road at Tucquala Lake

Cathedral Rock Cathedral Rock from the trailhead

Mount DanielMt. Daniel with Cathedral Rock from Peak south of Patty Go Easy Pass

Getting There

Drive I-90 east from Snoqualmie Pass or west from Ellensburg and take Exit 80. Proceed north through Roslyn and Ronald and toward Salmon la Sac, 16 miles from Roslyn. Just before entering this little community, turn right on Forest Road 4330 and drive to near the end of the road. Just before the end of the road and the Hyas Lake-Deception Pass trailhead is the parking area for the Cathedral Pass trailhead, trail no. 1345.
Map for Cathedral RockCathedral Rock access Map

Red Tape

All trails and some picnic areas and campsites in the Wenatchee National Forest require a regional pass costing $5/day or $30/year.
For current conditions call the Cle Elum Ranger District at (509) 674-4411.


There are several campgrounds along the Cle Elum River road as well as primitive sites. Camping is permitted up near Cathedral as well off the PCT or Peggy's Pond area.


Hike the Cathedral Rock trail to Squaw Lake and beyond to Cathedral Pass. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses here. If no snow, there is a trail toward Peggy's Pond. Scramble up the south ridge or from the Peggy's Pond Trail until you reach the rock formation. Expect around 3400 gain and around 4 miles in.

Easiest Routes
Southwest Face
Climb the main gulley to the left of the main buttress. Then climb the southwest face to the ridge crest. Most will want to rope up here for a pitch at an awkward angle. From the ridge crest, a short scramble takes you to the summit. This route is reported by Becky as class 4, so you know its probably low class 5 to most of us. I certainly roped up for it.

NW Couloir
See Fred's thoughts in the comment section.

Consult the Cascade Alpine Guide for 4 route descriptions by Becky.

Cathedral from SECathedral Rock from the SE
Cathedral in SpringCathedral Rock in spring
Standing on topOn the top
First SectionFirst main gulley
Glacier Peak ViewView to Glacier Peak
Highest PointSteve Zellerhoff finding the highest spot

Other Summitpost users shots

Cathedral Peak towers over...From Dean
Cathedral RockFrom gimpilator

Mt. DanielFrom Dennis Poulin
Cathedral RockFrom ericnoel

Cathedral RockFrom ericnoel
The view east from the...From klenke

Cathedral RockFrom TOW


Cathedral Rock

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