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Olmsted Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Beautiful little pond on the approach to Tideline.

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An awesome crack arena with some good bouldering as well. Beautiful setting in a canyon that provides the illusion of solitude.

Getting There 

Park just past Olmsted Point at a dirt turnout near the mouth of the canyon.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.9 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Olmsted Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Olmsted Canyon:
Regular Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Opsrey Overhang
Ivory Tower, Left   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Olmsted Canyon Right
Ivory Tower, Center   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Olmsted Canyon Right
Enemy Within   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Olmsted Canyon Right
Creature from the Black Lagoon   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Olmsted Canyon Left
The Thrill Is Gone   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Olmsted Canyon Right
Lord Caffeine   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Olmsted Canyon Right
Tideline   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Olmsted Canyon Right
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Rock Climbing Photo: Hillary going for the foot traverse approach on Cr...

Creature from the Black Lagoon 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Olmsted Canyon Left
A novelty route mostly, traverse along a flaring crack about 4ft above the "black lagoon" for maybe 50 ft, and then head up a 40ft 5.9 hand crack. I've tried traversing with feet in the crack and doing the tipsy shuffle, or traversing with hands in the crack. It felt very different but about the same difficulty either way.See the awesome updated (4th ed.) Reid/Falkenstein guide for more info....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Some left side routes.  Taken from where the fores...
BETA PHOTO: Some left side routes. Taken from where the fores...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tarn near the parking area for Olmsted Canyon. Ful...
Tarn near the parking area for Olmsted Canyon. Ful...

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By Greg Barnes
Sep 13, 2010
Just a very minor note - it's actually Olmsted Canyon, not Olmstead. The 1986 Reid/Falkenstein guide had that right, but every edition since has had most mentions spelled with an a (but always at least one spelled correctly).

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