Take in the stunning reflection of the towering granite cliffs on Merced River as you stand right in the middle of it. See and hear wildlife, smell the valley's clean, crisp air, and enjoy being in nature.
$30 per vehicle, 7-day pass; free with National Parks Pass
Wide-angle lens (20mm)
Snack to eat at picnic tables
How to get there
N37° 43' 22.5588"W119° 37' 21.9396"
Cathedral Beach is located in Yosemite Valley.
Type “Cathedral Beach Picnic Area” into your Maps app and drive and park there.
You can walk up and down the Merced River to find plenty of different compositions. From the Cathedral Picnic area I walked right along the Merced River to the GPS coordinate.
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