Elevation: 5,357 ft
GPS: 37.75, -119.571 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jun 15, 2006 with improvements by Harumpfster Boondoggle and 1 other
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details

Description

Royal Arches is a tremendous arched wall found on the north side of the Valley, just west of Washington Column. The wall is formed of white granite with cool black streaks running down it and it looms impressively over the Valley's Ahwahnee Hotel. Easily the most popular route on this wall is the moderate Royal Arches (5.10a or 5.7 A0), amazingly first climbed in 1936 by Ken Adam, Morgan Harris, and W. Kenneth Davis. This is a really cool experience for many first time Valley visitors, as the route takes you from floor to rim and is easily climbed in a day by most parties.

Getting There

As with Washington Column, it used to be you could park at the Ahwahnee and hoof over to the Column on the bike path, but I've heard recently that you can't park there anymore (permit req'd?). Maybe someone can post up the current beta...

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Classic Climbing Routes at Royal Arches

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 37
Royal Arches Alt. Start - Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 112
Trial By Fire
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 905
Royal Arches
Trad 15 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 430
Super Slide
Trad 5 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 148
Peruvian Flake
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 57
Y Crack
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 609
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 26
Poker Face
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Mid-Life Crisis
Trad 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 8
Tenaya's Tears
Trad 7 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 781
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 16
1096
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
 4
The Rambler
Trad 5 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 25
Arches Terrace Direct
Trad 6 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 3
King Snake
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Royal Arches Alt. Start - C… Central Royal Arches
 37
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Trial By Fire Western Royal Arches
 112
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Royal Arches Central Royal Arches
 905
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 15 pitches
Super Slide Western Royal Arches
 430
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Peruvian Flake Western Royal Arches
 148
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Y Crack Central Royal Arches
 57
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sons of Yesterday Western Royal Arches
 609
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Poker Face Central Royal Arches
 26
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Mid-Life Crisis Eastern Royal Arches
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
Tenaya's Tears Western Royal Arches
 8
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad 7 pitches
Serenity Crack Western Royal Arches
 781
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
1096 Eastern Royal Arches
 16
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
The Rambler Eastern Royal Arches
 4
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Trad 5 pitches
Arches Terrace Direct Eastern Royal Arches
 25
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 6 pitches
King Snake Central Royal Arches
 3
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad 4 pitches
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