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Yosemite National Park is it: The iconic birthplace of American rock climbing and the most famous climbing area in the world.

The park, located in central California, is home to both Yosemite Valley (THE Valley), Tuolumne Meadows, and several other less-visited climbing venues such as Wawona and Hetch Hetchy. Climbers from all over the world have been visiting the Valley for decades (often staying in the little-changed walk-in campground of Camp 4) to test themselves against the great big wall climbs on El Capitan and Half Dome. In addition to scores of historic aid routes, Yosemite Valley also has everything from long free climbs to world-class bouldering. Don't expect a wilderness experience - the park is often overrun by tourists and climbers alike during the busy seasons.

In the summer, when the heat and humidity become stifling, Tuolumne offers a sub-alpine playground of beautiful domes known for run out slab and face climbs on famous Tuolumne knobs.

There are several campgrounds in the Park, the most famous of which is Camp 4. Don't expect privacy or quiet, but do expect tons of climbers and being located right in the center of the action. Camp 4 is a walk-in campground and lines will form each morning before the sun rises for openings. Most of the other sites (such as the Pines and the Tuolumne campground) are reservation campgrounds which fill up months in advance. Stays are limited from one month down to one week depending on the season.

Hipcamp has a great directory of the campgrounds, and for some of them you can even check availability and book them online.

Getting There 

From points west (San Francisco Bay area): Highway 120 and 140 lead into the park and Yosemite Valley. 120 continues east to Tuolumne Meadows and then drops down to the East Side of the Sierras via Tioga Pass.

From the south (Fresno): Highway 41 leads into the park past Wawona and into the Valley.

From the east (Bishop, Mammoth, Reno): During the summer months highway 120 can be followed west up over Tioga Pass and into Tuolumne Meadows and then down to the Valley.

Tioga Pass is frequently closed from mid-October to late-May.


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1,255 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Yosemite National Park:
Southeast Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 700'   Cathedral Range : Cathedral Peak
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2500'   Cathedral Range : Matthes Crest
Snake Dike   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 8 pitches, 2000'   Yosemite Valley : Half Dome
Bishops Terrace   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Yosemite Valley : Church Bowl
Nutcracker   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Yosemite Valley : Manure Pile Buttress (aka R...
Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 12 pitches, 1000'   Tuolumne Meadows : Fairview Dome
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Tuolumne Meadows : Daff Dome, Main Area
Central Pillar of Frenzy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock
Salathe Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3500'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
The Nose   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 31 pitches, 3000'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
Reed's Pinnacle-Direct Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Reed's Pinnacle Area
Royal Arches   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 15 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
Sons of Yesterday   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
East Buttress   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 9 pitches, 1200'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
East Buttress   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 11 pitches, 1100'   Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock
Outer Limits   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   Yosemite Valley : The Cookie Cliff
Serenity Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
Astroman   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   Yosemite Valley : Washington Column
The North Face   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 8 pitches, 700'   Yosemite Valley : The Rostrum
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, 23 pitches, 2200'   Yosemite Valley : Half Dome
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Climbing in the 80s. <br />Left to right: Yabo, Peter Mayfield, Werner Braun and Dave Yerian.
Climbing in the 80s. Left to right: Yabo, Peter Ma...
half dome from clouds rest
half dome from clouds rest
A squirrel with a view.  We were laughing about the tourists from other countries taking pics of rodents, and then there I was...  September 2009.
A squirrel with a view. We were laughing about th...
The Nose from the road
The Nose from the road
Yosemite in May, 1992 <br />Photo by Deaun Schovajsa
Yosemite in May, 1992 Photo by Deaun Schovajsa
in the valley
in the valley
Yosemite Valley from 33,000 feet.  Flying into San Francisco in February 2006, I was treated to this amazing view.
Yosemite Valley from 33,000 feet. Flying into San...
Taken June 16, 2008 at 13.5
Taken June 16, 2008 at 13.5
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite. 1981. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Yosemite. 1981. Photo by Blitzo.
Jim Bridwell. You may have heard of him. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Jim Bridwell. You may have heard of him. Photo by ...
The Nose and Pine Line
The Nose and Pine Line
Winter In Yosemite
Winter In Yosemite
"Chongo"  Big Wall climber and theoretical astrophysicist.
"Chongo" Big Wall climber and theoretic...
El Cap and the Merced
El Cap and the Merced
Up-turned grinding stone. This boulder was dislodged and turned to a vertical position during the flood of 1996. <br />It's along the Merced River in El Portal. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Up-turned grinding stone. This boulder was dislodg...
Not in the Platte!  This mystery dome is about twenty miles up the Merced River from Yosemite.  We found it during an epic backpack from Mammoth to Yosemite.  I put a picture here thinking that those who like hiking heavy loads into Lost Creek might be interested in this golden giant. Very sunny, so not a good summer expedition.  Way past Merced Lake, where the plane full of weed crashed in the early 1970s.  Maybe even a mile past Washburn lake. I didn't take good photo notes.   <br /> <br />Has it has been climbed? There are no journal reports, and I scanned it with binoculars, finding no slings.  In my opinion, it should be rappel descended to avoid a heinous looking gully/bushwack descent.  Also, in my opinion it should be climbed and hand drilled (wilderness rules) by someone else. Please email me when done, or if you need help.
Not in the Platte! This mystery dome is about twe...
Monarch butterfly on thistle. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Monarch butterfly on thistle. Photo by Blitzo.
Little Nellie Falls. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Little Nellie Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Winter morning. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Winter morning. Photo by Blitzo.
Upper Yosemite Falls, Winter, 1975. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Upper Yosemite Falls, Winter, 1975. Photo by Blitz...
Yosemite storm. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Yosemite storm. Photo by Blitzo.
El Capitan. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
El Capitan. Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap-West Buttress profile. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap-West Buttress profile. Photo by Blitzo.

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By John Ross
From: Wasatch Front, UT
Nov 27, 2007
Here is some really cool photography of Yosemite that I came across:

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Yosemite - Half Dome and El Capitan
By Brad G
From: Yosemite and else where
Nov 27, 2007
Thanks John that is really cool
By Ladd Raine
From: Plymouth, NH
Oct 31, 2008
Check this out.

By Mark Vogel
From: Lander, WY
Jan 22, 2010
That is just way too cool.
By TylerW
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 16, 2010
Photos from 2 months in the valley and meadows summer of '09:
By Alli
From: New York, NY
Oct 22, 2010
Found Womens's Lace Up Muria's size 36 at Chapel Wall - I believe I have your shoes from the day where the 'rattlesnake' was in the crack. We are the same size and I must have picked up your shoes thinking they were mine. I am so sorry! If you see this, please let me know where I may send the shoes. If you are still in Yost, I will Fed Ex them to you.


Alli Hudson
By siyathomas
Nov 18, 2010
This is a outstanding place. Each season you get to see something new in the park. winter season is the best to visit. The waterfalls get turns into a giant ice walls. It really worth's visit.

Yosemite national park
By jadesmith
Nov 26, 2010
When we had a visit to the Yosemite in winter it was really an enchanting tour for us. When we had been on a tour to California we had given a visit to the Yosemite national Park, which is situated California's Sierra Nevada mountain range and is one of the first wilderness parks in United States. It is best known for its waterfalls. Within the 1170 sq miles exist the deep valleys , the vast wilderness, the enchanting meadows and the captivating wildlife. Mainly the Yosemite Falls and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir have visitors crowded around it.