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Tuolumne Meadows Rock Climbing 


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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.

Some adjacent areas often grouped together with Tuolumne in guidebooks are included in the High Sierra and Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga Road areas on Mountain Project.

The main campground in the middle of the meadows is Tuolumne Meadows Campground, operated by the National Park. It's generally open from July through September. Like all campgrounds in the park and along most of Lee Vining Canyon, there's a fee to stay there. The nearest free camping is all the way across Tioga Pass, on BLM land near the town of Lee Vining where 120 crosses 395, and east of there around Mono Lake.

When Tuolumne campground is open for the summer, it also has a few climber friendly services selling gas, grub, general outdoor goods and climbing gear at somewhat higher prices than in the big city.

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).

The park service offers a free shuttle bus during the high season, usually from June to September. Check their website for current information.

Rock Climbing Photo: Toulumne Meadows Climber's Map
Toulumne Meadows Climber's Map

Commonly used Tuolumne parking areas, from west (Valley side) to east (park boundary).

Olmsted Point boulders.

Olmsted Canyon pullout for ropeable routes and boulders, just east of Olmsted Point.

May Lake Trailhead, for Tuolumne Peak

Sunrise Lakes Trailhead (Tenaya Lake west) for Sunrise Boulder and Cloud's Rest.

Murphy Creek trailhead.

Stately Pleasure Dome pullouts next to the lake.

Tenaya Lake Picnic Area.

Near Pywiack Dome.

The Knobs bouldering.

Near Low Profile Dome.

Near Lamb Dome

Near Cathedral Creek bridge.

Near Fairview Dome.

East Cottage Dome pullout.

The Gunks boulders pullout.

Pothole Dome parking.

Cathedral Lakes Trailhead.

Tuolumne Meadows Campground and Store.

Lembert Dome picnic area.

Wilderness permit office parking.

Lyell Canyon trailhead parking.

Dog Lake trailhead parking

The High Sierra Camps are all over the Tuolumne area.

Note: these peaks are currently described on the Tuolumne Meadows page, but probably fit better in the High Sierra because of their high elevation alpine nature somewhat far from the nearest roads.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.5 miles from here

456 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Tuolumne Meadows

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tuolumne Meadows:
North Ridge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine   Mt. Conness
Northwest Buttress   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 14 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   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
North Ridge of Matthes Crest    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1200'   Cathedral Range : Matthes Crest
South Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'   Stately Pleasure Dome
Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 12 pitches, 1000'   Fairview Dome
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   DAFF Area : Daff Dome West Face
On the Lamb   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches   Lamb Dome
Crescent Arch   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches   DAFF Area : Daff Dome West Face
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 80'   DAFF Area : Daff Dome West Face
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, 600'   Drug Dome
Blues Riff   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Phobos/Deimos 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, 1 pitch, 80'   Pywiak Dome
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Rock Climbing Photo: Runout friction climbing is the name of the game!
Runout friction climbing is the name of the game!
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeremy Freeman on 'Space Tits', Tenaya Canyon.
Jeremy Freeman on 'Space Tits', Tenaya Canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmste...
Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmste...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tenaya Lake, Sept 09.  Simply amazing.
Tenaya Lake, Sept 09. Simply amazing.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset on Tenaya Lake
Sunset on Tenaya Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Tuolumne life near the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge.
Tuolumne life near the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tuolumne River. Photo by Blitzo.
Tuolumne River. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Watch out for pterodacyls! Photo by Blitzo.
Watch out for pterodacyls! Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tenaya Lake from further up the road, September 20...
Tenaya Lake from further up the road, September 20...
Rock Climbing Photo: DAFF and Fairview. Photo by Blitzo.
DAFF and Fairview. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The wintry meadows from above, with Fairview and t...
The wintry meadows from above, with Fairview and t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Afternoon hail storm on top of Tenaya
Afternoon hail storm on top of Tenaya
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful Tenaya Lake, 2002 or so.
Beautiful Tenaya Lake, 2002 or so.
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful evening
Beautiful evening
Rock Climbing Photo: Tuolumne. Photo by Blitzo.
Tuolumne. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bonjour mademoiselle, es que vous grimper?
Bonjour mademoiselle, es que vous grimper?
Rock Climbing Photo: Playing around with the camera on Lembert dome
Playing around with the camera on Lembert dome
Rock Climbing Photo: Jammin' @ Tuolumne Meadows. Photo by Blitzo.
Jammin' @ Tuolumne Meadows. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Toulumne Meadows Campground
Toulumne Meadows Campground
Rock Climbing Photo: A rare TM sighting
A rare TM sighting
Rock Climbing Photo: Tuolumne panoramic
BETA PHOTO: Tuolumne panoramic
Rock Climbing Photo: Tenaya Canyon
Tenaya Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice on Ellery Lake, around Memorial day, 2009
Ice on Ellery Lake, around Memorial day, 2009
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering on Dog dome
Bouldering on Dog dome

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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: Los Alamos, NM
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 sarcasm
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?
By Jan Tarculas
From: Riverside, Ca
Jul 5, 2015
just got back staying in the campgrounds. Fees increased to $26/night. I remember paying cheaper last year. Crazy how much it cost to sleep on the dirt nowadays
By Matt N
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 6, 2015
^fees for all National Parks have increased this year. Split between family/friends/partners, it is still quite affordable (and no driving up/down the pass everyday). Dirtbag it on NFS or BLM land if you're that cheap.
By Pontoon
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 16, 2015
Where is the best place to camp when the campground is full? I know NFS land--but where? Also wondering where non-campground-campers can use electricity/water/bathroom/showers if that's available anywhere.
By Troy
Jul 16, 2015
Pontoon, there are a few options if you head East on 120 (towards Lee Vining), my favorite backup is Tioga Campground just outside the park.
By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Dec 11, 2015
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