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Yosemite Falls Area Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Yosemite Falls is the seventh highest water fall in the world. The Upper Falls drops 1,430 feet. An intermediate chain of cascades drops another 675 feet. The Lower Falls drops another 320 feet.
On the Upper Falls Wall is the famous Lost Arrow Spire.
Several grade VI routes also exist here.
The Lower Falls Amphitheatre offers quality climbing.
Sunnyside Bench and the Five Open Books are also quite popular.

Getting There 

Take the Lower Yosemite Falls Trail to access The lower areas.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.7 miles from here

70 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',25],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',11],['5.7',9],['5.8',10],['5.9',10],['5.10',23],['5.11',7],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Yosemite Falls Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Yosemite Falls Area:
Sunnyside Bench Regular Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Sunnyside Bench
Bay Tree Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Swan Slab
Swan Slab Gully   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 310'   Swan Slab
Munginella   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Five Open Books
Penelope's Problem   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Swan Slab
Lost Arrow Tip   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2     Trad, Aid, 2 pitches, 250'   Lost Arrow Spire
The Caverns   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Five Open Books
Selaginella   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 560'   Five Open Books
Super Hands   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Falls Amphitheatre
Lost Arrow Spire Direct   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2     Trad, Aid, 16 pitches, 1400'   Lost Arrow Spire
Lena's Lieback   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   Swan Slab
Grant's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Swan Slab
Commitment   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Five Open Books
Jamcrack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Sunnyside Bench
Lost Arrow Chimney   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1100'   Lost Arrow Spire
The Surprise   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Five Open Books
Bummer   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Sunnyside Bench
Werner's Ant Trees   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Five Open Books
Lazy Bum   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Sunnyside Bench
Dagger   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Lower Falls Amphitheatre
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Featured Route For Yosemite Falls Area
Rock Climbing Photo: 1st pitch

Freestone (Geek Towers, Left) 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Yosemite Falls Wall
Freestone... simply awesome. Often compared to Astroman and easy to understand why. It's a classic valley 11c and absolutely beautiful (Rostrum is too friendly for consideration). It's also often said to be harder than A-man. However, I feel a comparison is not really justified. Climbing wise, the two are completely different for the most part and Freestone, imho, just stands on its own. And, indeed, based on traffic this is absolutely true. It's a full on adventure. For those that head up, here...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Yosemite Falls Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: On the Trail to Sunnyside Bench 1975.
On the Trail to Sunnyside Bench 1975.
Rock Climbing Photo: Indica Point and Yosemite Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Indica Point and Yosemite Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: On this cold winter morning, the first rays of sun...
On this cold winter morning, the first rays of sun...
Rock Climbing Photo: Just playing around before heading up to the lower...
Just playing around before heading up to the lower...
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper Yosemite Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Upper Yosemite Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Falls-Posterized. Photo by Blitzo.
Lower Falls-Posterized. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Yosemite Falls Area
Yosemite Falls Area

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