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Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering

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Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,600'
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Scattered throughout Tuolumne Meadows are a number of small (generally each has no more than 50 problems) bouldering areas. All of them feature the stellar rock you would expect. Along with the amazing rock you also get idyllic settings and weather which is often cooler than other bouldering areas which you may be thinking of visiting in the near vicinity.

Each area has its own unique character ranging from the famous Tuolumne knobs featured at The Knobs, to a style not often seen at The Gunks to perfect granite and a flowing river at the Puppy Dome Boulders.

What makes this even better is the fact that the majority of the areas are all accessible via a short stroll from Highway 120!

Getting There 

Tuolumne Meadows is accessed via highway 120, either from the west or via Tioga Pass from the east. The Tioga Pass road is generally closed (snowfall) from fall through mid to late May or so (sometimes later, depending on the snow).

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

52 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering:
The Gallery   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Puppy Boulders : J.B.'s Boulder
Problem B   V0 4     Boulder, 13'   Puppy Boulders : Cracked Boulder
Olmsted Crack   V1 5     Boulder, 18'   Olmsted Point
Pumpmaster Traverse   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 50'   The Gunks
Texas Radio   V3 6A PG13     Boulder   Tenaya West
Excalibur Right   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Puppy Boulders : Excalibur Boulder
Double Dyno   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   The Knobs
Golden Rastafarian   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Kitty Boulders
The Scoop   V3 6A     Boulder   The Knobs
The Gallery - Low Right Start   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Puppy Boulders : J.B.'s Boulder
Kauk Problem   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   The Knobs
Ghettosnake   V5 6C     Boulder, 30'   Cathedral Peak Boulders
Cellulite Eliminator Stand Start   V5 6C     Boulder   The Gunks
Reach for a Peach   V6 7A     Boulder   Tenaya East : Reach for a Peach Boulder
Cellulite Eliminator   V7 7A+     Boulder   The Gunks
Eliminator Traverse   V7 7A+     Boulder   The Knobs
Mean Green   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   The Gunks
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Rock Climbing Photo: Steelfingers Traverse

Steelfingers Traverse V8 7B  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : The Gunks
A super classic traverse problem. A 40 foot left to right traverse that goes through a series of slopers, crimps, heel hooks, horizontals, underpalms and cracks. The typical beta at the start of the crux is to get a left heel, toe and lock off to a sloper crimp above the roof. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldring near Tenaya lake
Bouldring near Tenaya lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering near Mountaineers Dome. Photo by Blitzo...
Bouldering near Mountaineers Dome. Photo by Blitzo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Reach for a Peach ~ v6 Nice gem and excellent prob...
Reach for a Peach ~ v6 Nice gem and excellent prob...
Rock Climbing Photo: Knobs warm-up
Knobs warm-up

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By Owen Summerscales
From: Los Alamos, NM
Oct 3, 2014
Charlie Barrett has done it again and written what promises to be a definitive guide to Tuolumne Meadows bouldering. See here:


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