From Upper Cathedral Lake.
John Muir is credited with naming the peak, and the first ascent, on his first trip to Tuolumne Meadow in 1869. Muir said afterwards, “This I may say is the first time I have been at church in California.” Amen.
The right side of the peak in this image is the Southeast Buttress, a class 5 climb, one of the most popular, and crowded routes in Yosemite.
I climbed this a couple summers ago using the easier Mountaineers Route from Budd Lake on the east side. When I got to the saddle, there were climbers on the Eichorn Pinnacle (Class 5.4, on the left), so I stopped for a while, set up my tripod, and took some shots, which I e-mailed to them later. The last 15 feet of the summit of Cathedral Peak (10,911') is a granite block rated class 4, with room for only 3 or 4 people at the top.