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 · Updates
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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
 41
Royal Arches Alt. Start - Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 125
Trial By Fire
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 466
Super Slide
Trad 5 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 162
Peruvian Flake
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 58
Y Crack
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 656
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 958
Royal Arches
Trad 15 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 28
Poker Face
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Mid-Life Crisis
Trad 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 14
Tenaya's Tears
Trad 7 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 842
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
 41
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Trial By Fire Western Royal Arches
 125
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Super Slide Western Royal Arches
 466
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Peruvian Flake Western Royal Arches
 162
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Y Crack Central Royal Arches
 58
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sons of Yesterday Western Royal Arches
 656
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Royal Arches Central Royal Arches
 958
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 15 pitches
Poker Face Central Royal Arches
 28
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Mid-Life Crisis Eastern Royal Arches
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
Tenaya's Tears Western Royal Arches
 14
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad 7 pitches
Serenity Crack Western Royal Arches
 842
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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