Royal Arches Rock Climbing
If you decide to walk off the arches you'll get an...
Royal Arches is a tremendous arched wall found on the north side of the Valley, just west of Washington Column. The wall is formed of white granite with cool black streaks running down it and it looms impressively over the Valley's Ahwahnee Hotel. Easily the most popular route on this wall is the moderate Royal Arches Route (5.10b or 5.7 A0), amazingly first climbed in 1936 by Ken Adam, Morgan Harris, and W. Kenneth Davis. This is a really cool experience for many first time Valley visitors, as the route takes you from floor to rim and is easily climbed in a day by most parties.
As with Washington Column, it used to be you could park at the Ahwahnee and hoof over to the Column on the bike path, but I've heard recently that you can't park there anymore (permit req'd?). Maybe someone can post up the current beta...
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36 Total Climbing Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Royal Arches:
Super Slide 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
Y Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Poker Face 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Face Card 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
1096 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Firefingers 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
R Sport, 2 pitches, 250'
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Royal Arches 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b CA
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Royal Arches is considered by many to be one of Yosemite's all-time classics. To be entirely honest, I'm not really sure why. While the route weaves its way up an impressive band of rock at a relatively easy grade, there are certainly other moderate climbs of superior aesthetic quality. Perhaps it is the history behind the climb, first negotiated in 1936, or the easy approach combined with an accessible grade of 5.7 A0, or the simple fact that it serves as the most effective approach to North...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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Royal Arches from Glacier Point Apron
"Maxine's Wall", 1975. Photo by Blitzo.
Royal Arches Cascade area, from The Ahwahnee. Phot...
Looking up at the Arches from the boulder field
Royal Arches and North Dome...
By Rusty Reno
Mar 31, 2007
The Royal Arches Terrace Area is a superb cold weather location that offers some very good face routes. Shaky Flakes and Greasy but Groovy are 1970s test pieces that should be the tick lists of anybody who fancies himself a granite face climber. The Rambler is a more recent creation, but it shares in the ballsie spirit of the older routes.
By Valerie Bachinsky
From: West Sand Lake, NY
Sep 28, 2010
I parked at the Ahwahnee 9/23/2010 and had no problems.
By Osprey Overhang
Mar 12, 2012
The Royal Arches area (Rupo Pac to 1096) is a large and vast area loaded with climbs that are rarely crowded (with the exception of the classics). The base routes between Peruvian Flake and Way-Homo Sperm Burpers From Fresno often need to be cleaned of sand on lead. These cracks however are soft for the grades and offer excellent opportunities for budding leaders to test themselves at the 5.10 grade.
From: All up in yo bidniss.
Dec 11, 2012
Nobody at the Ahwahnee minds if you park in the parking lot. However, you might not find a spot during the summer, or whenever the Ahwahnee is hosting some sort of wino gig.