Okay, so it's on the highway and tons of tourists will gawk at you, but still, this is one of the most beautiful climbing settings anywhere. It rises about 500 feet right out of Lake Tenaya with beautiful views of the lake, Tenaya Peak, and many other Tuolumne features.
It's the great big dome on the north side of the highway next to Tenaya Lake. Easy parking all along the base.
To descend all routes: head up and left (west) until you can descend 3rd and 4th class slabs near a steep headwall. At one point you can rap a tree over the steepest section, though probably 50% of climbers just walk this part too. See photo.
Weather station 8.2 miles from here
14 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Eunuch 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
R Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 250'
West Country 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'
Boltway 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'
South Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'
Dixie Peach 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
PG13 Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches
Black Angel 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 65'
Death Crack 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'
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Great White Book 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
: Yosemite National Park
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A long, awkward, wide crack can surprise many 5.6 leaders. Pro is sparse and hard to place, especially if you don't have some huge pieces (5-6 inches), resulting in long runouts. But it's a beautiful long line straight up almost to the top of the dome.P1 and P2 are pretty straightforward 5.6 and easier climbing. P3 and P4 are the mental crux - try not to get sucked in too deep, keep your feet on the main wall and your back on the right wall. The angle is low, so if you keep upright, it's tri...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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Midway up the dome, down to Tenaya Lake
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By C Miller
Sep 28, 2006
The name comes from the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.