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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jun 15, 2006 with improvements by Brian Ketron
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Description

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.

Yosemite Climbing Info (updated by Yosemite Climbing Rangers)

Getting There

Driving

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 Sierra 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.

Mass Transit - Yosemite roads are crowded!

Consider YARTS, the only public transit to Yosemite National Park. Its buses run seasonally from Merced, Mammoth Lakes, Sonora, and Fresno to Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows The fare is included in your park entrance fee.

To reach YARTS connecting cities, you can ride an Amtrak train (amtrak.com).

Amtrak connections can be made from the San Francisco Bay Area airports using BART (local train, bart.gov) to Richmond Station (or several others that connect to Amtrak trains).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Yosemite National Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
C3
 114
Zodiac
Aid 16 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 1,367
Southeast Buttress
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 1,000
Snake Dike
Trad 8 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 541
Matthes Crest Traverse - South t…
Trad, Alpine
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 102
Tenaya, Matthes, Cathedral Traverse
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 778
Central Pillar of Frenzy
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
 333
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome
Trad, Aid 23 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 395
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 129
Salathe Wall
Trad, Aid 35 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 186
Steck-Salathe
Trad 15 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 609
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 782
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 334
OZ
Trad 5 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 157
Astroman
Trad 10 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 257
The North Face
Trad 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Zodiac Yosemite Valley > … > El Capitan > Southeast Face
 114
C3 Aid 16 pitches
Southeast Buttress Tuolumne Meadows > … > Cathedral Peak > Southeast Slopes
 1,367
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Snake Dike Yosemite Valley > … > Half Dome > Southwest Face
 1,000
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 8 pitches
Matthes Crest Traverse - So… Tuolumne Meadows > Cathedral Range > Matthes Crest
 541
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Tenaya, Matthes, Cathedral… Tuolumne Meadows > Cathedral Range > Cathedral Range Encha…
 102
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Central Pillar of Frenzy Yosemite Valley > … > Cathedral Spire… > Middle Cathedral Rock
 778
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Regular Northwest Face of H… Yosemite Valley > … > Half Dome > Northwest Face
 333
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 Trad, Aid 23 pitches
The Nose Yosemite Valley > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face
 395
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall Yosemite Valley > … > El Capitan > Southwest Face
 129
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 35 pitches
Steck-Salathe Yosemite Valley > Valley S Side > Sentinel Rock
 186
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 15 pitches
Sons of Yesterday Yosemite Valley > … > Royal Arches > Western Royal Arches
 609
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Serenity Crack Yosemite Valley > … > Royal Arches > Western Royal Arches
 782
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
OZ Tuolumne Meadows > Mariuolumne Area > Drug Dome
 334
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches
Astroman Yosemite Valley > … > Royal Arches Area > Washington Column
 157
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 10 pitches
The North Face Yosemite Valley > Valley S Side > Rostrum
 257
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 8 pitches
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