Start with the regular route A (super topo) for the first 3 pitches. Skip the bottleneck at the Chimneyand move right to a short wall (5.7) and folllow up the arrete approx 160' to a small ledge for the belay. This will let you finish in 1 more long pitch 180' to the top. Finish with the 5.8 face crack at the top
Cathedral Peak was crowded, so send took all freakin' day. The rock was amazing and the climbing was really easy. I was ill prepared for the cold winds at the top, so now I know to pack a jacket! Walking off was easy, but a bit sketchy because of exhaustion.
I'm looking forward to going back here and doing it much faster.
Ran it with a buddy who said it was great. it was. came back for more. Bring water bottle, shoes, apply sunblock, and trust the knobs. Pass parties on the knobs if it really bothers you at the chimney.
Well worth the hike. Beautiful all the way around. Bring jacket and maybe thin gloves for the top. Plenty O water and some food too. Don't feed the marmots, and take your bags up if you can. I carried a smallish 23 or so litre pack and racked gear on the hike in. Big packs don't like the chimney section. Be prepared to wait in line. Bring camera! summit block gives excellent views that leave you speechless.