Elevation: 5,546 ft
GPS: 37.714, -119.635 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

Higher Cathedral Rock is a beautiful, large formation perched uphill from Middle Cathedral. Although it's a bit of an uphill hike to get to, compared to some other routes in the Valley, the lack of other climbers, and the views are well worth the hoof. The two most popular routes on HCR are probably the NE Buttress (5.9), a long and varied route often described as the "best 5.9 in the Valley", and Braille Book (5.8), a really nice moderate six-pitch route on the left side of the formation.

Getting There

Higher Cathedral Rock is the leftmost of the three Cathedral Rocks, found just south across the valley from El Capitan.

15 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Higher Cathedral Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
The Sequel
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 232
Braille Book
Trad 6 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 250
Northeast Buttress
Trad 11 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 33
Book of Job
Trad 6 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Blinded by the Light
Trad 4 pitches
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Mary's Tears
Trad 4 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
 4
Perfect Vision
Trad 5 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
The Last Crusade
Trad 6 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 23
The Crucifix
Trad 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Sequel
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Braille Book
 232
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Northeast Buttress
 250
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad 11 pitches
Book of Job
 33
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Blinded by the Light
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
Mary's Tears
 9
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Perfect Vision
 4
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R Trad 5 pitches
The Last Crusade
 7
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 6 pitches
The Crucifix
 23
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 5 pitches
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