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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Mountains
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Keywords:Black, Cathedral, Cathedral Peak, Glacier, Glacier Point, Granite, Mountain, Nature, Peak, Rock, Shadow, Sky, Snow, Tree, Trees, White, Yosemite, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park
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The Echo Of Cathedral's Mass

The Echo Of Cathedral's Mass

"The body of the Cathedral is nearly square, and the roof slopes are wonderfully regular and symmetrical, the ridge trending northeast and southwest. This direction has apparently been determined by structure joints in the granite. The gable on the northeast end is magnificent in size and simplicity, and at its base there is a big snow-bank protected by the shadow of the building. The front is adorned with many pinnacles and a tall spire of curious workmanship. Here too the joints in the rock are seen to have played an important part in determining their forms and size and general arrangement. The Cathedral is said to be about eleven thousand feet above the sea, but the height of the building itself above the level of the ridge it stands on is about fifteen hundred feet. A mile or so to the westward there is a handsome lake, and the glacier-polished granite about it is shining so brightly it is not easy in some places to trace Front of Cathedral Peak the line between the rock and water, both shining alike." ~ John Muir

From the Glacier Point view, far off into the distance past and to the left of Half Dome lies the other Cathedral of Yosemite National Park. The Cathedral Range, a mountain range in the south-central portion of Yosemite National Park in eastern Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties is an offshoot of the Sierra Nevada.

In this image are the Echo Peaks, part of the same range and next door to Cathedral Peak (behind), both of which were formed by glacial activity: the peaks remained uneroded above the glaciers in the Pleistocene.