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Yosemite Climbing Info (updated by Yosemite Climbing Rangers)

Description

Yosemite Valley is THE PLACE for many rock climbers. A literal mecca for climbers across the globe, the crags and walls of "The Valley" see thousands of climber-days in the course of a year. During the height of the season, it's typical to hear climbers on El Capitan yelling back and forth in English, German, Japanese, Russian and many other languages. In this one place, many factors come together to form a nearly perfect arena for rock climbing; mild weather, beautiful scenery, and incredible granite walls perfectly suited to climbing. On a rest day, visit the many tremendous waterfalls, hike some of the beautiful trails, and breathe in one of the most incredible places in the entire country.

Getting There

Yosemite Valley can be reached from the west, south or east via highways 120 (west), 140, 41 or 120 via Tioga Pass. The Tioga Pass drive through Tuolumne Meadows from the east side is normally closed from sometime in the fall through mid to late May due to snowfall.

Traffic is an ongoing issue with Yosemite Valley during the tourist season. On especially busy days, cars are even stopped from entering the park once its determined that capacity has been reached. Plan accordingly.

During the summer months, shuttle buses and other public transit are available into the park. More information at yarts.com.

Weather

Yosemite Association Webcam - Royal Arches/Half Dome view

Yosemite Association Webcam - El Cap view

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Classic Climbing Routes at Yosemite Valley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
C3
 146
Zodiac
Aid 16 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 1,217
Snake Dike
Trad 8 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1,348
The Nutcracker Suite (aka Nutcra…
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 934
Central Pillar of Frenzy
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
 410
Regular Northwest Face of Half D…
Trad, Aid 23 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 518
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 153
Salathe Wall
Trad, Aid 35 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 232
Steck-Salathe
Trad 15 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 737
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 938
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 232
Freeblast
Trad 10 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 183
Astroman
Trad 10 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 308
The North Face
Trad 8 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 98
Separate Reality
Trad
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c V6-7 7A+ PG13
 55
Freerider
Trad, Boulder 30 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Zodiac Valley N Side > B. El Capitan > 3. Southeast Face
 146
C3 Aid 16 pitches
Snake Dike Valley S Side > D. Half Dome > 3. Southwest Face
 1,217
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 8 pitches
The Nutcracker Suite (aka N… Valley N Side > C. El Cap Picni… > 5. Manure Pile Buttre…
 1,348
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Central Pillar of Frenzy Valley S Side > P. Cathedral Area > 6. Middle Cathedral Rock
 934
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Regular Northwest Face of H… Valley S Side > D. Half Dome > 1. Northwest Face
 410
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 Trad, Aid 23 pitches
The Nose Valley N Side > B. El Capitan > 2. Southwest Face
 518
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall Valley N Side > B. El Capitan > 2. Southwest Face
 153
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 35 pitches
Steck-Salathe Valley S Side > M. Sentinel Rock
 232
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 15 pitches
Sons of Yesterday Valley N Side > … > Royal Arches > Western Royal Arches
 737
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Serenity Crack Valley N Side > … > Royal Arches > Western Royal Arches
 938
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Freeblast Valley N Side > B. El Capitan > 2. Southwest Face
 232
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 10 pitches
Astroman Valley N Side > I. Washington Column
 183
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 10 pitches
The North Face Lower Merced Ri… > Ba. The Rostrum
 308
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 8 pitches
Separate Reality Lower Merced Ri… > Ak. Wildcat Falls & A…
 98
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Freerider Valley N Side > B. El Capitan > 2. Southwest Face
 55
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c V6-7 7A+ PG13 Trad, Boulder 30 pitches
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