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Tuolumne Meadows  


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Elevation: 7,000'
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Description 

Tuolumne Meadows is the high country climbing area of Yosemite National Park. The region is highlighted by many beautiful granite domes which offer the ultimate in knob and slab climbing. There are also classic non-dome formations like Cathedral Peak (first ascent by John Muir in the 1800's) and the Matthes Crest which are very popular with climbers. Tuolumne Meadows is a beautiful, serene place without many of the tourist popularity issues plaguing Yosemite Valley these days. The usual Tuolumne "season" for climbing runs from May through mid-Fall or so.

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).

Weather 


Climbing Season



Weather station 7.5 miles from here

388 Total Routes

['4 Stars',65],['3 Stars',176],['2 Stars',100],['1 Star',39],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',23],['5.7',38],['5.8',38],['5.9',54],['5.10',115],['5.11',53],['5.12',22],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',12],['V2-3',23],['V4-5',6],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',3],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tuolumne Meadows:
Ghettosnake   V5 6C     Boulder, 30'   Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering : Cathedral Peak Boulders
North Ridge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine   Mt. Conness
Northwest Buttress   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 1400'   Cathedral Range : Tenaya Peak
Southeast Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 700'   Cathedral Range : Cathedral Peak
West Ridge, Mount Conness   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'   Mt. Conness
Hobbit Book   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   Mariuolumne Dome : Main Wall
Tenaya, Matthes, Cathedral Traverse   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 7500'   Cathedral Range : Cathedral Range Enchainment...
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2500'   Cathedral Range : Matthes Crest
South Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'   Stately Pleasure Dome
On the Lamb   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches   Lamb Dome
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Daff Dome, Main Area
Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 12 pitches, 1000'   Fairview Dome
Crescent Arch   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches   Daff Dome, Main Area
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 80'   Daff Dome, Main Area
Lucky Streaks   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 650'   Fairview Dome
OZ   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches   Drug Dome
Blues Riff   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Phobos/Diemos Cliff
Bachar-Yerian   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a X     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Medlicott Dome : Medlicott Dome, Right
Heart of Stone   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 10 pitches   Fairview Dome
Electric Africa   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 80'   Pywiak Dome
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Featured Route For Tuolumne Meadows
A line of climbers on "Needle & Spoon". <br />Photo by Blitzo.

Needle & Spoon 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Pywiak Dome
Starts from third class ledges, up and left from the "Dike Route".Climb past 5 bolts to a two bolt belay.Follow 7 bolts passing a 5.10a bulge to a two bolt anchor.Run out 5.6 (no pro) to another two bolt anchor.Move up and right to the base of a steep corner.Descend 3rd and 4th class to the right....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Tuolumne Meadows Slideshow Add Photo
Runout friction climbing is the name of the game!
Runout friction climbing is the name of the game!
Jeremy Freeman on 'Space Tits', Tenaya Canyon.
Jeremy Freeman on 'Space Tits', Tenaya Canyon.
Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmstead Point, Yosemite NP
Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmste...
Sunset on Tenaya Lake
Sunset on Tenaya Lake
Tenaya Lake, Sept 09.  Simply amazing.
Tenaya Lake, Sept 09. Simply amazing.
Tuolumne life near the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge.
Tuolumne life near the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge.
Watch out for pterodacyls! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Watch out for pterodacyls! Photo by Blitzo.
Tuolumne River. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tuolumne River. Photo by Blitzo.
DAFF and Fairview. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
DAFF and Fairview. Photo by Blitzo.
Tenaya Lake from further up the road, September 2009.  Simply amazing.
Tenaya Lake from further up the road, September 20...
The wintry meadows from above, with Fairview and the line of the Regular Route prominent in the center of the photo.
The wintry meadows from above, with Fairview and t...
Afternoon hail storm on top of Tenaya
Afternoon hail storm on top of Tenaya
Daff Dome, Conness
Daff Dome, Conness
Beautiful Tenaya Lake, 2002 or so.
Beautiful Tenaya Lake, 2002 or so.
Tuolumne. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tuolumne. Photo by Blitzo.
Beautiful evening
Beautiful evening
Bouldering near Mountaineers Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering near Mountaineers Dome. Photo by Blitzo...
Dozier Dome area. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Dozier Dome area. Photo by Blitzo.
Rainwater cascades down Cloud's Rest during a summer storm
Rainwater cascades down Cloud's Rest during a summ...
Playing around with the camera on Lembert dome
Playing around with the camera on Lembert dome
Toulumne Meadows Campground
Toulumne Meadows Campground
A rare TM sighting <br />
A rare TM sighting
Jammin' @ Tuolumne Meadows. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Jammin' @ Tuolumne Meadows. Photo by Blitzo.
Tuolumne panoramic
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By Isaac T.
From: Rockville, MD
Apr 4, 2007
Tuolumne Info is chocked full of information such as road conditions as well as some very detailed route beta (you have to become a memember first though) it is also a forum. If you are visiting from far away it would probably be good to check out the sight for any information.
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
May 6, 2011
Could a Tuolumne regular give me their take on when the mosquitos die down. I'm going to be there the last week of July. What are your mosquito predictions for that time?
By Aerili
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 6, 2011
In my experience, mid August and later is when they seem to have a lot of their last hurrahs. With all the snow we had this year, make sure you come well armed in July!
By drmartindell
From: Homer, Ak
Apr 17, 2012
How likely is it to roll into town solo (early august) and stumble upon a climbing partner? Camping info, etc would be appreciated. Thanks!
By Jim D
Jul 30, 2014
I'd like to come out to Tuolumne on short notice (i.e. without camping reservations.) How easy is it to get walk-in reservations? Also, if we can't get them, are there climbs we can backpack into and just stay in the backcountry? Do we need permits for that?