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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

43 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',4],['5.8',9],['5.9',5],['5.10',18],['5.11',4],['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
Munginella   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Five Open Books
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   Lost Arrow Spire
Raisin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   Sunnyside Bench
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
The Surprise   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Five Open Books
Guiding Light   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Falls Amphitheatre
Lost Arrow Chimney   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1100'   Lost Arrow Spire
Lightweight Guides   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Lower Falls Amphitheatre
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
Blackout   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 135'   Lower Falls Amphitheatre
Lazy Bum   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Sunnyside Bench
Dagger   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Lower Falls Amphitheatre
Ten Years After   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Falls Amphitheatre
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Featured Route For Yosemite Falls Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Elli getting into the business on Lazy Bum.

Lazy Bum 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Sunnyside Bench
Sunnyside bench sports two 5.10 finger cracks, one just to the left of Jamcrack called Lazy Bum (5.10D) and the other just to the left of this called Bummer (5.10C).Both cracks share the same first 20 feet, which is a bouldery 5.10b finger crack / face. Going slightly left from here puts you on Bummer 10C, and going right puts you on Lazy Bum 10D.Both of these climbs are excellent, protect well (micro gear required), and perfect for tuning your thin crack technique. Short and hard....[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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