Washington Column stands at the eastern end of the Valley, on the north side. Supposedly, it was so named because from some point of view, the rock appears to look like George Washington.
The Column is found on the east end of the Valley, just east of the Ahwahnee Hotel. It used to be you could park at the Ahwahnee and hoof over to the Column on the bike path, but I've heard recently that you can't park there anymore (permit req'd?). Maybe someone can post up the current beta...
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Washington Column:
South Face 5.8 C1 Trad, Aid, 11 pitches, 1200 feet
Skull Queen 5.8 C2 Trad, Aid, 12 pitches, 1200 feet, Grade V
The Prow 5.8 C2-3 Trad, Aid, 12 pitches, 1200 feet, Grade V
Jo Jo 5.10b/c Trad, 1 pitch, 85 feet
Astroman 5.11c Trad, 10 pitches, 1000 feet, Grade IV
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Astroman 5.11c CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Washington Column
This is what it's all about, pitch after pitch of demanding, ultra high quality climbing on excellent stone w/ a surpassing view. Almost all the pitches would be highly sought after if they were base routes and three or four would be mega classics. If you don't think this climb is great, either you're just being contrary or you need to find another sport.Bibliographic Note 1: SuperTopo.com has an excellent free topo download for this climb that most will find more useful than the following rou...[more] Browse More Classics in CA