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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

25 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',12],['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
Lord Caffeine   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Olmsted Canyon Right
The Thrill Is Gone   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Olmsted Canyon Right
Tideline   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Olmsted Canyon Right
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Featured Route For Olmsted Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott leading up the bottom section of Osprey Over...

Regular Route 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Opsrey Overhang
Osprey overhang can be seen from Tenaya lake as a chunk of rock on the western skyline with a prominent roof. This is Osprey Overhang. The regular route chimneys through a large break in the roof. To get there, follow an obvious corner with some mildly awkward 5.7 stemming and liebacking.It is about an hour quasi-bushwhack approach for a short climb, but the summit views are awesome.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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