Elevation: 3,943 ft
GPS: 37.715, -119.715 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Sep 30, 2006
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details

Description

Elephant Rock is a great shady destination similar to the Rostrum. The lower reaches are home to some great climbs such as Hotline, Pink Dream, and Fatal Mistake (all on the Worst Error Pinnacle), whereas the upper wall (the Killer Pillar -- approached via HW 41) has a few wild sport climbs. Fatal Mistake is the insanely good-looking splitter visible from the road, and commonly confused to be Hotline (also clearly visible from the road if one knows what to look for).

Getting There

For the Worst Error Pinnacle and routes at the base: From the intersection of HW 120 and 140, head just over 2 miles west on 140. Park at the long, paved pullout by the stone wall (commonly used to approach Cookie Cliff). Walk downstream and descend (in the vicinity of the retaining wall) down to the river and cross opposite a giant boulder (the Monster Boulder) on the far shore. Pick up a trail up to the base of the wall. You may end up doing a bit of bushwacking as this trail is difficult to locate on the way up. This trail cuts back upstream towards the Worst Error Pinnacle. In any case, be careful of Poison Oak.

For the Killer Pillar: Drive 41 out of the park through the Wawona tunnel. One mile after the tunnel is a long stone wall, followed by a roomy dirt pulloff that is the Rostrum parking. Do not park here, but continue on the road for a quarter mile or less past some sharp bends and park in the first small gravel pulloff you come to. On the left there is a small rockcut in the road, and on the right is an open, rocky area. Hike from this rocky area towards the top of the cliff following an obvious trail. The Killer Pillar is a sloping ramp with large knobs down from the NW side of the summit of Elephant Rock. Bolts allow easy rapping into the climbs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Elephant Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
Pink Dream
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Crack of Doom
Trad 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 5
Crashline
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
The Hundredth Monkey
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Fun Terminal
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 24
Hotline
Trad 7 pitches
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 5
Fatal Mistake
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pink Dream
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Crack of Doom
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Crashline
 5
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
The Hundredth Monkey
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Fun Terminal
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hotline
 24
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 7 pitches
Fatal Mistake
 5
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad 3 pitches
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Alexey Zelditch
San Jose
Alexey Zelditch   San Jose
You can do this approach the base of Elephant Rock from Hw.41 any time of the year. It is harder, longer, but you do not need to wait low water in Merced river. Dec 4, 2009
Bryan G
Yosemite
Bryan G   Yosemite
This area really needs to be divided into an Upper Tier and Lower Tier for the Left to Right sorting to make sense. Oct 4, 2012
mpech  
Additional info for getting to the killer pillar-- the comments are correct for how to get from the parking area to the summit of elephant rock. However, it can be confusing to find the killer pillar from there.

The following picture is super useful in showing where to go:

mountainproject.com/v/11112… Apr 5, 2017