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Routes in Royal Arches

1096 T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Adrenaline T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Age of Industry S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Arches Terrace T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Arches Terrace Direct T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Arete Butler T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Astro Spam T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Benzoin and Edges AKA The Testes Squeeze T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Demimonde S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Deviltry T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Double Trouble T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Endorphine S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
Face Card T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Fine Line T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Firefingers S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
Greasy but Groovy T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Hershey Highway T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
King Snake T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Krovy Rookers T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Maxine's Wall T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mid-Life Crisis T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Move Like a Stud T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Permanent Waves T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Peruvian Flake T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Peruvian flake right T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Poker Face S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rambler, The T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Royal Arches T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Royal Arches Alt. Start - Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Royal Flush T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Royal Perogative T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rupto Pac T,S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Serenity Crack T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Shaky Flakes T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
Shining, The T 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Sons of Yesterday T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Super Slide T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Surf Nazi T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Surplus Cheaper Hands T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Texas Chainsaw Massacre T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Trial By Fire T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unnamed 5.3 T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Unnamed Chimney T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Violent Bear It Away, The T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Y Crack T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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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
 28
Royal Arches Alt. Start - Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 95
Trial By Fire
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 359
Super Slide
Trad 5 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 788
Royal Arches
Trad 15 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 136
Peruvian Flake
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 53
Y Crack
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 527
Sons of Yesterday
Trad 6 pitches
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
 680
Serenity Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 15
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
 17
Arches Terrace Direct
Trad 6 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 3
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Trad 2 pitches
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
 95
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Super Slide
 359
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Royal Arches
 788
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 15 pitches
Peruvian Flake
 136
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Y Crack
 53
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sons of Yesterday
 527
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
 680
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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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

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