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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
 28
Royal Arches Alt. Start - Crack
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 97
Trial By Fire
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 363
Super Slide
Trad 5 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 798
Royal Arches
Trad 15 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 137
Peruvian Flake
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 53
Y Crack
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5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 533
Sons of Yesterday
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 21
Poker Face
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Mid-Life Crisis
Trad 4 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 684
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 15
1096
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
 4
The Rambler
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 17
Arches Terrace Direct
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 3
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
 5
Firefingers
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Royal Arches Alt. Start - C…
 28
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Trial By Fire
 97
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Super Slide
 363
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Royal Arches
 798
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 15 pitches
Peruvian Flake
 137
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Y Crack
 53
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sons of Yesterday
 533
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Poker Face
 21
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Mid-Life Crisis
 6
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
Serenity Crack
 684
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
1096
 15
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
The Rambler
 4
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Trad 5 pitches
Arches Terrace Direct
 17
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 6 pitches
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Firefingers
 5
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R Sport 2 pitches
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J F M A M J J A S O N D
The Royal Arches Terrace Area is a superb cold weather location that offers some very good face routes. Shaky Flakes and Greasy but Groovy are 1970s test pieces that should be the tick lists of anybody who fancies himself a granite face climber. The Rambler is a more recent creation, but it shares in the ballsie spirit of the older routes. Mar 31, 2007
Valerie A.B.
Las Vegas, NV
Valerie A.B.   Las Vegas, NV
I parked at the Ahwahnee 9/23/2010 and had no problems. Sep 28, 2010
The Royal Arches area (Rupo Pac to 1096) is a large and vast area loaded with climbs that are rarely crowded (with the exception of the classics). The base routes between Peruvian Flake and Way-Homo Sperm Burpers From Fresno often need to be cleaned of sand on lead. These cracks however are soft for the grades and offer excellent opportunities for budding leaders to test themselves at the 5.10 grade. Mar 12, 2012
TacoDelRio
All up in yo bidniss.
TacoDelRio   All up in yo bidniss.
Nobody at the Ahwahnee minds if you park in the parking lot. However, you might not find a spot during the summer, or whenever the Ahwahnee is hosting some sort of wino gig. Dec 11, 2012
J Saarela
Park City
J Saarela   Park City
LOST A ROPE? A friend asked me to post this as he has no data in the valley: Hello newly rope-less person. Sucks to be bad at rappels. We all make mistakes but I do believe I have joined a very exclusive club of people who have bootied an entire rope on their climb. If you lost your rope and want it back. Text me at 7757212130 the description of the rope and where you lost it. In the valley till Oct 12th or so. My favorite beer is lagunitas. Oct 8, 2017