Higher Cathedral Spire Rock Climbing
Higher Cathedral Spire and The East Buttress of Mi...
This is the higher of the two spires. It is to the right of the Lower Spire when viewed from the north.
This spire offers climbing up to Grade V big wall.
Higher Spire was first climbed in April 1934, by Jules Eichorn, Bestor Robinson and Dick Leonard.
Chuck Wilts and Spencer Austin freed the route in 1944.
Descend by rappel.
Depending where you are on the Spire it may be shady and cold or sunny and warm. From the top of the spire you'll get some of the best views of El Cap in the Valley and a secluded summit from tourists.
The Cathedral Spires Area
page has the parking and initial hiking information.
Upper Cathedral Spire is approached by going right and up the "Spires Gully", west of the formation, which is the same approach for Braille Book and Upper Cathedral Rock.
Approach time is ~30-60 minutes depending on route and how much you pack.
Weather station 3.6 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Higher Cathedral Spire
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Higher Cathedral Spire:
East Corner 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 450'
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Regular Route (Higher Cathedral Spire) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA
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The easiest way up Higher Cathedral Spire. 400' of entertainment take you to the top of a spire with spectacular views. This adventure felt like mountaneering as much as technical climbing with the steep approach, many tree belays, and sometimes loose nature of the rock.As a note there are several variations. I will list as I have climbed it which was great fun. Check the Supertopo guide for a more complete picture. Each pictch listed is about 100'.P1 (5.5) Up a left facing dihedral to a bu...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Having Fun on Higher Cathedral Spire
Brad Farnan and I at the top of Higher Cathedral S...