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Description

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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

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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.

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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.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 1,307
Snake Dike
Trad 8 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1,510
The Nutcracker Suite (aka Nutcra…
Trad 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1,217
Bishops Terrace
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 1,060
Central Pillar of Frenzy
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
 442
Regular Northwest Face of Half D…
Trad, Aid 23 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 579
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 514
Reed's Pinnacle-Direct Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 513
Moby Dick Center
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A0
 1,226
Royal Arches (5.10- or 5.7 A0)
Trad, Aid 15 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 485
East Buttress
Trad 9 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 397
Lunatic Fringe
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 515
Outer Limits
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b A0
 867
East Buttress
Trad, Aid 11 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 353
Mr. Natural
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 355
The North Face
Trad 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Snake Dike Valley S Side > D. Half Dome > 3. Southwest Face
 1,307
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…
 1,510
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Bishops Terrace Valley N Side > G. Church Bowl
 1,217
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Central Pillar of Frenzy Valley S Side > P. Cathedral Area > 6. Middle Cathedral Rock
 1,060
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
 442
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 Trad, Aid 23 pitches
The Nose Valley N Side > B. El Capitan > 2. Southwest Face
 579
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Reed's Pinnacle-Direct Route Lower Merced Ri… > At. Reed's Pinn… > Reed's Pinnacle
 514
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Moby Dick Center Valley N Side > … > Southwest Base > Moby Dick & Pterodact…
 513
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Royal Arches (5.10- or 5.7 A0) Valley N Side > … > Royal Arches > Central Royal Arches
 1,226
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b A0 Trad, Aid 15 pitches
East Buttress Valley N Side > B. El Capitan > 4. E Buttress
 485
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 9 pitches
Lunatic Fringe Lower Merced Ri… > At. Reed's Pinn… > Reed's Pinnacle
 397
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Outer Limits Lower Merced Ri… > Aj. Cookie Area > Cookie Cliff
 515
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
East Buttress Valley S Side > P. Cathedral Area > 6. Middle Cathedral Rock
 867
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b A0 Trad, Aid 11 pitches
Mr. Natural Valley S Side > I. Glacier Poin… > 6. GPA - Right Side
 353
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
The North Face Lower Merced Ri… > Ba. The Rostrum
 355
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 8 pitches
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