Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details

Description

Swan Slab is a very popular area with zero approach and an abundance of short, moderate routes. It is south-facing and gets sun almost all day long. Most of the routes are easily top-roped, making it extremely popular for guided groups. Count on crowds.

Getting There

Park either at Yosemite Lodge (across the street), Camp 4, or Lower Yosemite Falls. All the routes are about 100 feet north of the road.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Swan Slab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 256
Swan Slab Gully
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 71
Bay Tree Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 27
Swan Slab Squeeze
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 179
Penelope's Problem
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 115
Claude's Delight
Trad 2 pitches
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 40
Pin Scar Seams
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 310
Grant's Crack
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 179
Lena's Lieback
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 16
5.6 Chimney Above Grant's
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 108
Unnamed Thin Crack
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Goat for it
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 48
Penthouse Cracks
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 7
Ugly Duckling
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 47
Seamilicious
TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 106
Aid Route
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Swan Slab Gully
 256
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Bay Tree Crack
 71
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Swan Slab Squeeze
 27
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Penelope's Problem
 179
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Claude's Delight
 115
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Pin Scar Seams
 40
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Grant's Crack
 310
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Lena's Lieback
 179
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
5.6 Chimney Above Grant's
 16
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Unnamed Thin Crack
 108
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Goat for it
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Penthouse Cracks
 48
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Ugly Duckling
 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad 2 pitches
Seamilicious
 47
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b TR
Aid Route
 106
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
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Isaiah Foulks
Monterey
Isaiah Foulks   Monterey
Left a sling with a locking Carabiner on the big oak tree for the first pitch of swan slab Gully / Penelope's problem hanging flake. Seen way too many people Rappel off the tree and drag the naked rope around it please remember that that's not healthy for the tree and for such a popular place it would surely lead to its death most untimely. Sling was left yesterday. Oct 6, 2017
Arrived at 7:30 am on a Thursday in June.
Still a few parking spots left near the Lodge and theater, and plenty more further away.
Shady and no one climbing yet. Guides started showing up with new climbers around 9 am. Later in the day sun came out, more climbers showed up (but not enough that it felt "crowded"). Sun made some of the rock painfully hot.
There were a few mosquitoes. Jul 7, 2018