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Submitted By: Blitzo on Nov 29, 2006
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Cathedral Spires.
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Description 

These beautiful twin spires lie to the east of Higher Cathedral Rock.
They offer exciting climbing in a spectacular location.
The views of El Cap And The Valley are awesome!

Getting There 

Park at a turnout just before the short loop intersects with Southside Drive.
Hike a trail through the woods, past Cathedral Boulders to The Spires Gully. Follow this to your destination.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.6 miles from here

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',5],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['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 Cathedral Spires:
Northeast Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   Lower Cathedral Spire
Regular Route (Higher Cathedral Spire)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Higher Cathedral Spire
Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Lower Cathedral Spire
East Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Higher Cathedral Spire
South by Southwest   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Lower Cathedral Spire
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Featured Route For Cathedral Spires
Unknown climber on the 10d finger crack of South by Southwest.

South by Southwest 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Lower Cathedral Spire
The climb shares the first two pitches (5.6, 5.4) with Regular Route. P3: Then instead going right on the Main Ledge, continue straight up a shallow corner, pass some pins (5.9), pass a bulge (10d) to a baley before right facing corner. P4. Climb straight up the corner to a roof, traverse under the roof, and over to a stance (11a), then a bit higher to a good stance (5.8). P5: a 5.9 pitch leads to the top. There is also a 10a variation if you break left at the very top. Enjoy the view of the va...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires as seen from the Northeast Buttress of Higher Cathedral Rock.
Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires as seen from the...
Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires.
BETA PHOTO: Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires.
Rick Cashner bouldering at The Cathedral Boulders, below Cathedral Spires. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Rick Cashner bouldering at The Cathedral Boulders,...
Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires.
BETA PHOTO: Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires.
Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires
BETA PHOTO: Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires
Looking down on Lower Cathedral Spire from the summit of Higher Cathedral Spire.
BETA PHOTO: Looking down on Lower Cathedral Spire from the sum...

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By Chris Owen
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From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Sep 20, 2009
Opposite the west branch of El Capitan Drive there's a trail which heads into the woods, over some fallen trees, to hit the big trail running parallel to Cathedral Rocks, go left here then immediately right up a fainter trail, this will take you nicely up The Spires Gully. Cairns mark the way higher up in the talus.

If you're parked in the Cathedral Rocks pullout; take the trail from the pullout, this hits the big trail running parallel to Cathedral Rocks, go left here then after a short hike pass a left branch (the one mentioned above) and go right up the same fainter trail mentioned above.
By David R.
From: San Jose, CA
Jun 9, 2014
The approach description for Upper and Lower Spires is kinda confusing. In case it's not clear, Lower Cathedral Spire is approached by going left around the spires and Upper Cathedral Spire is approached by going right and up the "Spires Gully", which is the same approach for Braille Book and Upper Cathedral Rock.