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Elevation: 10,918'
Location: 37.8186, -119.3992 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Matthes Crest is an extremely long knife edge fin that cuts across a spectacular part of Tuolumne. It is sought after for its length, moderate grade, and the unique element of a huge fin traverse in an awe inspiring area of the country. It is most widely known for its traverse, but many other routes exist on both sides.

The Matthes Crest Traverse is a true 5 star classic route characterized by mostly 4th class climbing with the occasional fifth class section. With immense exposure on many sections it offers a rare experience to enjoy such a long moderate route in an idyllic setting. Located in a region completely invisible to tourists or road traffic, it gives the true feel of a backcountry alpine climb.

Getting There 

Located in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite. Park at the Cathedral Lakes trailhead along Highway 120. Bear boxes and port-a-potties are available here.

3 miles on good trails and 3 miles cross-country
1700' elevation gain (2,300' total gain to top of Matthes Crest)

Head South down the John Muir Trail toward Cathedral Lakes. After ~8 minutes the trail curves right and ascends about 30 granite rock steps. About 200' after these steps there is a well traveled climbers trail that is blocked by a log (to keep hikers on the correct trail). Follow this trail that runs along Budd Creek for a while then diverges right. It is a pretty good trail for about 1.5 miles. Cross a more open area of rock slightly right that is often marked by cairns. The trail reappears. Eventually you will see a creek crossing and the trail splits here. Following it up the hill on the right will take you to Cathedral Peaks. Instead cross the creek on your left across some fallen logs (very obvious). Continue following the trail on to Budd Lake. At the West end of Budd Lake, head South through a weakness by Echo Peaks. Ascend this steep/loose section and veer left (East) around Echo Peaks. Matthes Crest will come into view from this top section. Head down into the valley and walk cross country to the South end of Matthes Crest.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.1 miles from here

3 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['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 Matthes Crest:
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2500'   
Anduril   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 470'   
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Along the Matthes Crest traverse.

Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Matthes Crest
Approach Time: 2-3 hoursDescent Time: 2-3 hoursTime to climb the route: 3-6 hoursSun Exposure: sunrise to late afternoonHeight of route: ~500', length 1/2 mile to North Summit or 0.8 miles to the end.Generally, people do the traverse from South to North. This is because the crest slopes upwards in that direction and therefore you will end up at a higher elevation. Doing it North to South would involve more downclimbing.Probably best to Simul or Solo much of the route. To rope up for every singl...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Matthes Crest Slideshow Add Photo
Matthes Crest from the north. Taken June 16, 2008.
Matthes Crest from the north. Taken June 16, 2008.
Unknown climbers on the North Summit.
Unknown climbers on the North Summit.
Last part of approach as viewed on the approach (looking South)
BETA PHOTO: Last part of approach as viewed on the approach (l...
Matthes Crest Summits (08-12-2007)
BETA PHOTO: Matthes Crest Summits (08-12-2007)
Matthes Crest, as viewed from the West
Matthes Crest, as viewed from the West
Simulclimbing on Matthes Crest.
Simulclimbing on Matthes Crest.
Matthes at dusk.
Matthes at dusk.
A view of Matthes Crest from Cockscomb
A view of Matthes Crest from Cockscomb
Looking South.
Looking South.
Matthes Crest Approach.  Park at Cathedral Lakes Trailhead and follow the white line.
BETA PHOTO: Matthes Crest Approach. Park at Cathedral Lakes T...
Wife having fun on Matthes Crest
Wife having fun on Matthes Crest
somewhere on the wave
somewhere on the wave
Matthes Crest from northwest
Matthes Crest from northwest

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By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Aug 16, 2007
Just wanted to mention here that you can start on Tenaya peak, do matthes, and if you are fast finish on Cathedral for a killer linkup! i've done the first two legs twice now, very doable, but haven't done Cathedral...