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Areas in Ribbon Falls Area

Audubon Buttress 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Gold Wall 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 5
Hourglass, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Little Wing Area 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Nuts Only Cliff 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Ribbon Falls Ampitheater 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2
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Description

Free falling 1,612' to the valley floor, Ribbon Falls is the highest continuous waterfall in Yosemite, and third highest of Yosemite's waterfalls. It ranks 18th highest in the world.

Ribbon Falls Amphitheater is a spectacular place offering great climbing and an awesome view of the West Face of El Capitan.

Climbs here range from short to big walls.

Other, shorter crags are found near the area.

Audubon Buttress is included here because it shares the same parking area as the Ribbon Falls crags.

Getting There

From the Old Big Oak Flat Road, find your way through the forest to the falls.

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Ryan K.  
FOR GOLD WALL AND AMPHITHEATER ROUTES

After the old road turns sharply left and starts the long straight away heading west, the climbers trail begins about 150 feet up on the right after a boulder. There is an oak tree that fell next to the boulder, and the spot usually has a cairn.

Almost all the way up to the amphitheater, the trail splits, west trail heading to Gold Wall and east trail heading to amphitheater. This split is between a dead cedar tree (burned base with lime green moss) and a car-sized boulder. There is currently a finger shaped rock, two ft tall, at the split.

Please help protect the area by staying on the established trail. Feb 24, 2017

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