Elevation: 3,989 ft
GPS: 37.721, -119.63 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Blitzo on Nov 29, 2006
Admins: Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
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Description

These beautiful twin spires lie to the east of Higher Cathedral Rock. They offer exciting climbing in a spectacular location. The views of El Cap and the Valley are awesome! Other surrounding rocks usually approached from the same starting point include Middle Cathedral Rock, Higher Cathedral Rock, Church Tower and Phantom Pinnacle.

Getting There

Park at Cathedral Rocks pullout, a turnout just before the short loop intersects with Southside Drive. This page's GPS show the pullout on the map.

Hike a trail through the woods east (left) from the south side of the road from the pullout. This hits the big trail running parallel to Cathedral Rocks, go left here then after a short hike pass a left branch, and you'll come to a junction with the fainter of the two trails heading right.

Lower Cathedral Spire is approached by going left around the spires and Upper Cathedral Spire is approached by going right and up the "Spires Gully", which is the same approach for Braille Book and Upper Cathedral Rock.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cathedral Area

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5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 227
Braille Book
Trad 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 829
Central Pillar of Frenzy
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 133
Kor-Beck
Trad 13 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 317
Regular Route (Higher Cathedral…
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 250
Northeast Buttress
Trad 11 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 104
Pee Pee Pillar
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 39
Direct North Buttress (DNB)
Trad 17 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 33
Book of Job
Trad 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 52
Stoner's Highway
Trad 10 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 53
End of The Line
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 49
Unnamed but Beautiful
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 53
76 Degrees in the Shade
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b A0
 716
East Buttress
Trad, Aid 11 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 97
South by Southwest
Trad 5 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 70
Mac Daddy
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Braille Book Higher Cathedral Rock
 227
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Central Pillar of Frenzy Middle Cathedral Rock
 829
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Kor-Beck Middle Cathedral Rock
 133
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 13 pitches
Regular Route (Higher Cathe… Higher Cathedral Spire
 317
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Northeast Buttress Higher Cathedral Rock
 250
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad 11 pitches
Pee Pee Pillar Middle Cathedral Rock
 104
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Direct North Buttress (DNB) Middle Cathedral Rock
 39
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 17 pitches
Book of Job Higher Cathedral Rock
 33
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Stoner's Highway Middle Cathedral Rock
 52
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad 10 pitches
End of The Line Lower Cathedral… > Lower Cathedral Rock
 53
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Unnamed but Beautiful Lower Cathedral… > Lower Cathedral Rock
 49
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
76 Degrees in the Shade Lower Cathedral… > Lower Cathedral Rock
 53
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport
East Buttress Middle Cathedral Rock
 716
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b A0 Trad, Aid 11 pitches
South by Southwest Lower Cathedral Spire
 97
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches
Mac Daddy Lower Cathedral… > Lower Cathedral Rock
 70
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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