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1096 T 
Age of Industry S 
Arches Terrace  T 
Arches Terrace Direct T 
Arete Butler T 
Astro Spam T 
Demimonde S 
Double Trouble T 
Endorphine S 
Face Card T 
Fine Line T 
Firefingers S 
Greasy but Groovy T 
Hershey Highway T 
Krovy Rookers T 
Maxine's Wall T 
Mid-Life Crisis T 
Peruvian Flake T 
Poker Face S 
Rambler, The T 
Royal Arches T 
Royal Arches Alt. Start - Crack T 
Royal Flush T 
Royal Perogative T 
Rupto Pac T,S 
Serenity Crack T 
Shaky Flakes T 
Sons of Yesterday T 
Super Slide T 
Surf Nazi T 
Surplus Cheaper Hands T 
Trial By Fire T 
Unnamed 5.3 T 
Unnamed Chimney T 
Violent Bear It Away, The T 
Y Crack T 

Royal Arches  


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 37.7473, -119.5648 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Royal Arches is a tremendous arched wall found on the north side of the Valley, just west of Washington Column. The wall is formed of white granite with cool black streaks running down it and it looms impressively over the Valley's Ahwahnee Hotel. Easily the most popular route on this wall is the moderate Royal Arches Route (5.10b or 5.7 A0), amazingly first climbed in 1936 by Ken Adam, Morgan Harris, and W. Kenneth Davis. This is a really cool experience for many first time Valley visitors, as the route takes you from floor to rim and is easily climbed in a day by most parties.

Getting There 

As with Washington Column, 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...

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.2 miles from here

36 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',2],['5.10',20],['5.11',8],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Royal Arches:
Royal Arches Alt. Start - Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Arches Terrace    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   
Trial By Fire   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Super Slide   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
Peruvian Flake   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad   
Y Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Royal Arches   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 15 pitches   
Sons of Yesterday   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches   
Poker Face   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Face Card   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
1096   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Greasy but Groovy   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, 9 pitches, 800'   
Serenity Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   
Arches Terrace Direct   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   
Age of Industry   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Firefingers   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R     Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   
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Featured Route For Royal Arches
Rusty Reno working the crux of Firefingers.  Photo by Bruce Dicks.

Firefingers 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Royal Arches
Firefingers is one of the great 5.11 face routes in Yosemite. The first pitch is typical Steve Grossman -- very run out. This pitch is often wet, excusing most of us from facing the mental challenge. (I'll admit that I've never led it.) The second pitch is very continuous. It begins from the Maxine's Wall belay, and it is well-protected but very demanding. Move up in left from the Maxine's belay (crux) to an indistinct groove. Work the grove up for sixty feet to a Thank-God flake (bring a...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Royal Arches Slideshow Add Photo
Royal Arches from Glacier Point Apron
Royal Arches from Glacier Point Apron
"Maxine's Wall", 1975. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
"Maxine's Wall", 1975. Photo by Blitzo.
Royal Arches Cascade area, from The Ahwahnee. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Royal Arches Cascade area, from The Ahwahnee. Phot...
Looking up at the Arches from the boulder field
Looking up at the Arches from the boulder field
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BETA PHOTO: Royal Arches
Royal Arches and North Dome...
Royal Arches and North Dome...
royal arches in winter
royal arches in winter

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By Rusty Reno
Mar 31, 2007
The Royal Arches Terrace Area is a superb cold weather location that offers some very good face routes. Shaky Flakes and Greasy but Groovy are 1970s test pieces that should be the tick lists of anybody who fancies himself a granite face climber. The Rambler is a more recent creation, but it shares in the ballsie spirit of the older routes.
By Valerie Bachinsky
From: West Sand Lake, NY
Sep 28, 2010
I parked at the Ahwahnee 9/23/2010 and had no problems.
By Osprey
From: ...
Mar 12, 2012
The Royal Arches area (Rupo Pac to 1096) is a large and vast area loaded with climbs that are rarely crowded (with the exception of the classics). The base routes between Peruvian Flake and Way-Homo Sperm Burpers From Fresno often need to be cleaned of sand on lead. These cracks however are soft for the grades and offer excellent opportunities for budding leaders to test themselves at the 5.10 grade.
By TacoDelRio
From: All up in yo bidniss.
Dec 11, 2012
Nobody at the Ahwahnee minds if you park in the parking lot. However, you might not find a spot during the summer, or whenever the Ahwahnee is hosting some sort of wino gig.