Elevation: 3,983 ft
GPS: 37.721, -119.63 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Blitzo on Nov 29, 2006
Admins: M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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 Spires Area

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5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 217
Braille Book
Trad 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 784
Central Pillar of Frenzy
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 127
Kor-Beck
Trad 13 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 293
Regular Route (Higher Cathedral…
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 235
Northeast Buttress
Trad 11 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 92
Pee Pee Pillar
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 37
Direct North Buttress (DNB)
Trad 17 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 27
Book of Job
Trad 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 46
Stoner's Highway
Trad 10 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b A0
 683
East Buttress
Trad, Aid 11 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 92
South by Southwest
Trad 5 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 29
Bircheff-Williams
Trad 5 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 17
The Crucifix
Trad 5 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R
 18
Border Country
Trad 12 pitches
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13
 5
Father Time
Trad 20 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Braille Book Higher Cathedral Rock
 217
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Central Pillar of Frenzy Middle Cathedral Rock
 784
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Kor-Beck Middle Cathedral Rock
 127
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 13 pitches
Regular Route (Higher Cathe… Higher Cathedral Spire
 293
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Northeast Buttress Higher Cathedral Rock
 235
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad 11 pitches
Pee Pee Pillar Middle Cathedral Rock
 92
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Direct North Buttress (DNB) Middle Cathedral Rock
 37
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 17 pitches
Book of Job Higher Cathedral Rock
 27
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Stoner's Highway Middle Cathedral Rock
 46
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad 10 pitches
East Buttress Middle Cathedral Rock
 683
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b A0 Trad, Aid 11 pitches
South by Southwest Lower Cathedral Spire
 92
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches
Bircheff-Williams Middle Cathedral Rock
 29
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 5 pitches
The Crucifix Higher Cathedral Rock
 17
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 5 pitches
Border Country Middle Cathedral Rock
 18
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R Trad 12 pitches
Father Time Middle Cathedral Rock
 5
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13 Trad 20 pitches
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