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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 grub, general outdoor goods and climbing gear at somewhat higher prices than in the big city. Gas is currently unavailable in TM.

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).

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

Tuolumne Meadows Climber's Map

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tuolumne Meadows

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
 189
North Ridge
Trad, Alpine
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 1,469
Southeast Buttress
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 261
West Ridge
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 198
Hobbit Book
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 574
Matthes Crest Traverse - South t…
Trad, Alpine
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 117
Tenaya, Matthes, Cathedral Traverse
Trad, Alpine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 750
Regular Route
Trad 12 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 684
West Crack
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 140
Blown Away
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 276
On the Lamb
Trad 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 157
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 277
Lucky Streaks
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 369
OZ
Trad 5 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 97
Tideline
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 103
Blues Riff
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North Ridge Glen Aulin Area > Mt Conness
 189
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad, Alpine
Southeast Buttress Cathedral Range > Cathedral Peak > Southeast Slopes
 1,469
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
West Ridge Glen Aulin Area > Mt Conness
 261
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
Hobbit Book Mariuolumne Dome > W Face
 198
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Matthes Crest Traverse - So… Cathedral Range > Matthes Crest
 574
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Tenaya, Matthes, Cathedral… Cathedral Range > Cathedral Range Encha…
 117
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
Regular Route Fairview Dome > N Face
 750
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 12 pitches
West Crack Daff Area > Daff Dome > W Face
 684
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Blown Away Daff Area > Daff Dome > W Face
 140
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad 5 pitches
On the Lamb Lamb Dome > W Face of the Lamb
 276
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch) Daff Area > Daff Dome > W Face
 157
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Lucky Streaks Fairview Dome > W Face
 277
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 6 pitches
OZ Drug Dome
 369
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches
Tideline Olmsted Area > Olmsted Canyon Right
 97
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Blues Riff Phobos/Deimos Cliff
 103
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 2 pitches
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