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Penny Royal Arches

California > Yosemite NP > Tuolumne Meadows > Pywiack Area
Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details

Description

South facing uncrowded area.

Getting There

Located south of Pywiack Dome. Locate cliff (note the distinctive arch). Approach can be made by hiking toward the base of Pywiack Dome (as for Dike Route, Zee Tree, etc) then making a bee line for Pennyroyal Arches or by parking a bit further down the road, directly across from the formation, figuring out which is the route du jour, then head up through the hopefully not too marshy meadow (late season better for this approach perhaps, or, a dry summer) then pick right or left of the arch. Open trees, some brush, but, fairly easy approach off trail.

Routes from Left to Right

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 6
Penny Lane
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Penny Dreadful
Trad 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 6
The Vision
Trad 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 8
Euphoria
Trad 4 pitches
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 3
Hindsight
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 1
Myopia
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 2
Diaphoretic Spasms
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 6
White Slab
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Penny Lane
 6
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Penny Dreadful
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
The Vision
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad 5 pitches
Euphoria
 8
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 4 pitches
Hindsight
 3
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Myopia
 1
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Diaphoretic Spasms
 2
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
White Slab
 6
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad 3 pitches

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Wayne Campbell on The Vision
[Hide Photo] Wayne Campbell on The Vision
first and second anchor for a rappel route on pennyroyal arches.  the first anchor(rings) is just below (hidden by) the stand of trees just right of the top of 'euphoria' - we used 2x60m
[Hide Photo] first and second anchor for a rappel route on pennyroyal arches. the first anchor(rings) is just below (hidden by) the stand of trees just right of the top of 'euphoria' - we used 2x60m
Pennyroyal Arches from the road.
[Hide Photo] Pennyroyal Arches from the road.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Karl K
Phoenix, AZ
[Hide Comment] The approach takes about 45 min. Longer than it looks from the road. Stay in the big trees directly below the exfoliation flake arches; stay away from the scrub trees on either side. Aug 8, 2009
old5ten
Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
[Hide Comment] descent - we used 2x60m ropes on a rappel route (4 raps, last one partially free hanging over the arch) to the right of 'euphoria' (see pic). also did the same rappel after climbing 'the vision' but that involved a lengthy, poorly protected traverse right (on relatively easy slab). Jul 17, 2018