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Elevation: 4,600'
Location: 37.73363, -119.64911 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Gold Wall is the major wall to the left of Ribbon Falls. If sports excellent, well featured golden granite, and at least one excellent route. Layton Kor's "Gold Wall" follows the central crack system through the huge roof at mid-height, and the "Silent Line" is a free variation to that route.

Getting There 

Driving out of the Valley, you'll pass through El Cap Meadows. A few hundred yards past the meadows, look for the first dirt road on the right. There is a small sign that says "V9" marking the turn. Park here, or continue up the road if it's not too muddy. Stay right at the first fork in the road, and then pass a few huge woodpiles as the road starts to switchback. After the last switchback, the road makes a sharp left turn. Look for a small cairn on the right marking the start of the trail.
Follow this trail uphill, staying west of the Ribbon Falls drainage. If you stay on it, this trail will take you to the base of the Gold Wall. Plan for about an hour, more if carrying bivy gear.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gold Wall:
Laughing at the Void   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2     Aid, 6 pitches, 1000'   
The Silent Line   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C1     Trad, Aid, 8 pitches, 1000'   
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The Silent Line 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C1  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Gold Wall
The Silent Line is the free version of the Gold Wall. It has been freed in its entirety by Dean Potter at 5.13a, but since 99% of folks (myself included) will aid the crux, I've posted it here as 5.10 C1. Once you've arrived at the base of the wall (see area description), look for a flake system with a slung horn about 25' up. Up and left of the slung horn, you'll see a line of bolts leading to a splitter crack system. This is the route. There is another partially bolted route in the vicinity, a...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By mucci
From: sf ca
Apr 1, 2013
This is the large wall immediately left of Ribbon Falls Amphitheater. It gets sun from morning through the sunset, and during the early season gets spray from the falls. Never crowded, splitter and great views.

[To get there], park in the pullout on the right with the large tree in the middle of the lot roughly .5 miles west of EL Cap parking, directly under the falls. Take the logging road up and follow it as it winds around until a long straight away (uphill) is seen, look right and pick up the climbers trail where a 3 foot cairn comes into view on the right of the road. Stay more or less on the left of the drainage, the trail is well marked, but steep. Allow 1 hour for approach, and you can filter water right at the base a few hundred feet right of the routes.
By Tennis Pro
Dec 6, 2014
After the old road turns sharply left and starts the long straight away heading west, the climbers trail begins about 150 feet up on the right after a boulder. The spot is well cairned.

Almost all the way uphill, the trail splits, left trail heading to Gold Wall and right trail heading to amphitheater. This split has good cairns too.
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