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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 37.7296, -119.59381 View Map  Incorrect?
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Sentinel Rock and The Muir Tree. Photo by Blitzo.

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Description 

Sentinel Rock sits perched like a big dark tombstone above the Valley floor, right across from Yosemite Falls. Climbing on Sentinel is pretty cool, because you get a bird's eye view of both the Falls and El Capitan, just around the corner to the east. The most popular route on Sentinel is the Steck-Salathe route (5.9), first climbed by Yosemite legends Allen Steck and John Salathe back in 1950.

Warning: The descent gully, off the backside of the rock, is hazardous and climbers should take extra care when descending!!!

Getting There 

Sentinel Rock is found on the south side of the Valley, across from Yosemite Falls. You can park for the Four-Mile Trail to approach.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.5 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',2],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sentinel Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sentinel Rock:
Steck-Salathe   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 15 pitches   
Chouinard-Herbert   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 15 pitches, 1400'   
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Featured Route For Sentinel Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: My only shot of the climb...nearing the top. So mu...

Steck-Salathe 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Sentinel Rock
The Steck-Salathe truly deserves its status as one of the "Fifty Classic Climbs of North America". Everything from the climbing itself to the many stories of adventure had on the north face of the Sentinel makes this climb a must-do for any aspiring Valley climber -- if not a route to be repeated again and again, it certainly should at least be seen as a rite of passage. The climb's reputation for being long, wide, and physical is well deserved, but the quality of that climbing, the position o...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sentinel Rock
Sentinel Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: A nice problem at the Sentinel boulers
A nice problem at the Sentinel boulers
Rock Climbing Photo: Sentinel Rock 1963 Joe "Guido" McKeown P...
Sentinel Rock 1963 Joe "Guido" McKeown P...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sentinel Rock 1963 Layton Kor Photo by Joe McKeown...
Sentinel Rock 1963 Layton Kor Photo by Joe McKeown...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Sentinel
The Sentinel
Rock Climbing Photo: Sentinal Rock from across the Valley, 5/09. Photo ...
Sentinal Rock from across the Valley, 5/09. Photo ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sentinel-storm. Photo by Blitzo.
Sentinel-storm. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sentinel Rock West Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Sentinel Rock West Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sentinel Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Sentinel Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sentinel Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Sentinel Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sentinel Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Sentinel Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Sentinel after rain.
The Sentinel after rain.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fall time Sentinel Rock
Fall time Sentinel Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: W face of Sentinel Rock
W face of Sentinel Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Approach beta from SummitPost for Steck-Salathe an...
BETA PHOTO: Approach beta from SummitPost for Steck-Salathe an...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Sentinel
The Sentinel
Rock Climbing Photo: It's big!!!
It's big!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: W face of Sentinel from the base of Spiderman
W face of Sentinel from the base of Spiderman
Rock Climbing Photo: Sentinel Rock and the Chapel
Sentinel Rock and the Chapel
Rock Climbing Photo: W face of Sentinel and the S arête.
W face of Sentinel and the S arête.

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