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Arrowhead Arête T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Arrowhead Spire T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b


Not a very Yosemite like route. Almost has an alpine feel to it. Some pitches can be loose but a great climb. Worth the approach.
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Long steep approach, better to have some one show you.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Arrowhead Arete

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Arrowhead Spire
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Arrowhead Arête
Trad 7 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Arrowhead Spire 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Arrowhead Arête 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 7 pitches
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Thomas Laursen
Huntington Beach, CA
Thomas Laursen   Huntington Beach, CA
Incredible area. We took 13 hours car to car climbing the spire and arete May 31, 2016
Seldom Still
San Francisco,ca
Seldom Still   San Francisco,ca
Approach is much less adventurous if you can find the trail...find the open space where you can see down to the backside of the court house...turn off looks like a game trail, but after 50 feet and a quick switchback you will be on a well structured (unmaintained) trail (albeit a relic) least for a while. The climbing is solid with a few bits of proper Yosemite 5.9. The raps down are Zionesque...canyoneering types might enjoy the raps back to base as much as the climb. Nov 1, 2015
Los Angeles, CA
Fluoride   Los Angeles, CA
Best done in the spring when the approach is more wet. Lots of 4th class sections that in the spring is far easier than in the fall when everything if dirty and covered in leaves. Much less slippery in the spring months.

The most "alpine" climb in the Valley. The topout isn't the end of it, the ridgeline to get back to the raps is heady. Really heady.

Takes a lot of route finding and commitment by both leader and follower.

Probably one of the best routes I've done in the Valley. Very committing to get there and get off but climbing it is just as committing. Nov 6, 2012
George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
This is an area page, somebody please add some climbs under this! I've done Arrowhead Arete but don't remember enough to add a useful description. We first climbed Arrowhead Pinnacle, and I'd recommend starting this way. Mar 18, 2008
marde   Germany
It's possible to top out and get to the yosemite falls trail
The way is pretty obvious with some 4th class and lots of bushwhacking,
at least not worse than the aproach and the descent described in the supertaco guidebook plus you have a nice view and a kind of a summit. Mar 18, 2008
vincent L.
Redwood City
vincent L.   Redwood City
the approach from the trail can be hard to find especially in spring if things are growing. Plan on a two hour approach at least, not very fun. The arrowhead point route itself is not good enough to warrant the trudge up there, but if you do the arowhead arete as well, I think it is well worth it. The arrowhead arete may only be 5.8 , not 5.9 . The arrowhead point is only 5.6 . Mar 2, 2008
Russ Walling
Russ Walling
sometimes, less is more..... Feb 8, 2008

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