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Southern Yosemite Rock Climbing 


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Location: 37.6454, -119.5688 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Justin Johnsen on May 28, 2013
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Mount Starr King with some of its neighboring dome...

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Description 

Southern Yosemite is the valley's and Tuolumne's quiet country cousin. None of the world-famous routes are down here, but neither are the crowds. There are endless domes rising out of the wilderness of the Illilouette and other watersheds on both sides of the National Park's southern boundaries. Being a large area, the character of individual areas varies greatly from place to place. There are roadside crags in Wawona, and backcountry alpine climbs like those on the crest of the Clark Range that may take a full day to approach over wild terrain. This is a fine place for mountain exploration, and to find obscure but rewarding routes that may or may not have been touched by human hand.

I used the Spencers' "Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs" guide to define this area south of the valley, roughly from Wawona in the west, to the Clark Range in the east.

Getting There 

Most southern Yosemite rock climbs are approached from around Wawona and Glacier Point Roads. Some may be reached by longer hikes in from Yosemite Valley.

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Weather station 7.2 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Southern Yosemite

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southern Yosemite:
Southeast Face   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Mount Starr King
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Featured Route For Southern Yosemite
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo - from qigongclimber on supertopo

West Face of Mount Starr King 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Mount Starr King
(old school beta)At the base of the west face are three prominent Jeffery pines and a bent lodge-pole pine just left of them. Rope up at the lodge-pole and follow a trough up and right to a belay bolt. Traverse right (5.8), then climb up and right to a very brush ledge. Continue up and right for about 200 feet, then traverse right 30 feet and climb straight up past loose flakes to a ledge. Proceed upward over more flakes and a few small overhangs for 300 feet to ledge on lower angle rock. And ea...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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