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Mount Starr King 

Southern Yosemite Rock Climbing 

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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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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.

Climbing Season

For the Yosemite National Park area.

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

3 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: Amy and her 5.3.

Amy's 5.3 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Dome Baez
If you find yourself in the Illilouette looking for a nice moderate line, without time for a multipitch push up Starr King, this is just the thing. A slabby left-facing dihedral has a series of cracks at its back. Hop on, it's better than it looks from the ground! We thought it might go at 5.7 if cleaned up, but did 5.8ish moves to avoid loose blocks and vegetation. It takes a repertoire of moderate climbing moves to top out, very fun. If you know of a prior history of this line let me know an...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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