Elevation: 4,000 ft
GPS: 37.747, -119.575 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Bryan G on Dec 28, 2012
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Description

The Ahwahnee Boulders is one of the most densely concentrated and thoroughly developed boulder fields in Yosemite Valley, perhaps second only to the Camp 4 circuit. Here you will find a great variety of problems at all levels of difficulty. This area encompasses everything from the east end of Church Bowl on down past the Ahwahnee. Great White (V1) and problems further east are typically organized under the "Horse Trail Boulders".

The Ahwahnee Boulders lie at the base of an enormous talus field spreading below the Rhombus Wall and the left end of Royal Arches. The best boulders, or rather the boulders with the best landings, lie out away from the talus and line both sides of the Horse Trail near the road. As you explore further north you will quickly encounter a jumbled mess of blocks with horrid landings and pitfalls not suitable for bouldering.

Although located on the sunny side of the Valley, the Ahwahnee features some cold pockets of air. These are fed by tunnels and crevasses in the monstrous talus which breath out cool air from deep underground. It makes bouldering there on warm days a bit more reasonable than other north side locations. The area is also known for having a number of great problems that are close to the ground with good landings. If you find yourself in the Valley without a crashpad this is a good area to get a lot of stuff done without breaking your ankles. This is a very high-profile area, visited by many non-climbers, so try to not overdue it with the chalk and tick marks if you're within clear view of the trail or road.

Getting There

Either park at Church Bowl and walk east, or park at the Ahwahnee and cross the road to the north.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ahwahnee Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1+ 5
 5
Splitter Bluebird
Boulder
V3 6A
 12
No Fur
Boulder
V3 6A
 7
Unnamed V3 Traverse
Boulder
V3 6A
 6
Ahwahnee Fin
Boulder
V4 6B
 24
Ahwahnee Arete
Boulder
V4 6B
 8
Beached Whale
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 6
Silent Spotter
Boulder
V5- 6C
 8
Smile for the Green Dragon
Boulder
V5 6C
 5
Atlas
Boulder
V5 6C
 5
Chokin'
Boulder
V5 6C
 4
The Fridge
Boulder
V6- 7A
 6
Blonde Ambition
Boulder
V8 7B
 3
4x4
Boulder
V9 7C
 4
Pugilist
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Splitter Bluebird Splitter Bluebird Bou…
 5
V1+ 5 Boulder
No Fur No Fur Boulder
 12
V3 6A Boulder
Unnamed V3 Traverse Traverse Boulder
 7
V3 6A Boulder
Ahwahnee Fin Ahwahnee Fin Boulder
 6
V3 6A Boulder
Ahwahnee Arete Ahwahnee Boulder
 24
V4 6B Boulder
Beached Whale Bees Boulder
 8
V4 6B Boulder
Silent Spotter Silent Spotter Boulder
 6
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
Smile for the Green Dragon Blonde Ambition Boulder
 8
V5- 6C Boulder
Atlas Atlas Boulder
 5
V5 6C Boulder
Chokin' Chokin' Boulder
 5
V5 6C Boulder
The Fridge Fridge Boulder
 4
V5 6C Boulder
Blonde Ambition Blonde Ambition Boulder
 6
V6- 7A Boulder
4x4 4x4 Boulder
 3
V8 7B Boulder
Pugilist Ahwahnee Boulder
 4
V9 7C Boulder
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