Cathedral Range Rock Climbing
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Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions.
Yosemite National Park has yearly closures for Peregrine Falcon Protection March 1- July 15.
Always check the Yosemite website Peregrine Closure page at nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/… for the most current details and park alerts, and to learn more about the peregrine falcon, and how closures help it survive. This page also shares closures and warning due to current fires, smoke, etc.
GPS: Many helpful latitude/longitude points and navigational tracks (especially for the northwestern part) are in a GPX file linked from this page
Climbing peaks and routes include:
- Cathedral Peak (lat/long approx N37.8478 W119.4055) (alt 10911 ft / 3326 m)
. . . The summit is great no matter how you get there.
- Eichorn Pinnacle - West satellite of Cathedral Peak.
. . . Many people also enjoy shorter N face (5.4)
- Echo Peaks (1 mile / 1.5km S of Cathedral Peak)
. . . #1 (lat/long ~ N37.83389 W119.40299) - S ridge class 3
. . . #2: S of #1 and N of #3
. . . #3 (N37.83269 W119.40336) (alt ~ 11100ft/3385m)
. . . . . Highest of the Echos - class 3 by N ridge from col betw 1+2.
. . . #4: A narrow fin SSW from #3
. Middle group (W side of Wilts Col)
. . . #5: W of #7
. . . #6: S of #5 and #7
. . . #7: E of #5 and W of Wilts Col
. . Wilts Col (lat/long ~ N37.83426 W119.40073) between #7 and #8.
. East group (E side of Wilts Col)
. . . #8 (N37.83384 W119.40005) - N face, short class 3 from near Wilts col.
. . . #9: (S of #8) The most difficult summit of the Echos.
- Echo Peaks 1-2-3-4 aretes
. . . N arete of #1: reported class 5
. . . arete between #3 and #4: not sure of difficulty
- Echo Ridge (lat/long ~ N37.8348 W119.3959) (alt ~ 11150ft/3400m)
. . . East arete: Interesting climbing with some "knife-edge" sections (class 4/5).
- Matthes Crest - (lat/long ~ N37.8237 W119.3972) (alt ~ 10880ft/3318m)
. . . S ridge is famous + popular (despite long approach) as a traverse,
. . . usually stopping at the N summit, or the notch betweeen S+N summits.
. . . But it's especially the N ridge which has incomparable arete-climbing features.
- Wall of E face of ridge S from Cockscomb (lat/long very approximate N37.8215 W119.3865)
. . . Three routes 5.8-5.9 reported in R.J.Secor guidebook: The High Sierra (Mountaineers 2009).
- Cockscomb (lat/long ~ N37.8356 W119.3847) (alt ~ 11050ft/3370m)
. . . easiest way is W face (class 5) (not very long)
. . . other routes on other aspects - see R.J.Secor guidebook: The High Sierra (Mountaineers 2009).
- "Althuski" (lat/long ~ N37.8411 W119.3801) (alt ~ 10875ft/3315m)
. . . Fun if you like scrambling/hopping on big granite talus (some us do), otherwise just a hump of rubble.
- Unicorn (10823ft/3300m) (lat/long ~ N37.8457 W119.3821)
. . NNW face to near notch between Mid+N summits from Budd Lake has longer climbing (class 4/5) (but longer approach), can find some additional interesting (optional) moves along the S arete, then descend slabs on the W face of S ridge back toward Budd Lake.
. . other longer routes on other aspects (direct N reported as 5.8 A3) - more info see R.J.Secor guidebook: The High Sierra (Mountaineers 2009).
- Peak 11357ft (lat/long ~ N37.8033 W119.3637) (about 1 mile SW from Rafferty Peak)
. . . reported also a nice 5.8 route - see R.J.Secor guidebook: The High Sierra (Mountaineers 2009).
- Vogelsang Peak (lat/long ~ N37.7776 W119.3495) (alt ~ 11500ft/3500m)
- Fletcher Peak (lat/long ~ N37.7924 W119.3380) (alt ~ 11400ft/3480m) has routes ranging from class 2 - 4 - 5 - 9 - 10b. See R.J.Secor guidebook: The High Sierra (Mountaineers 2009).
The high-altitude sparsely-vegetated rock-slab terrain makes cross-country travel straightforward, so there are "enchainments" / traverses with sequences of multiple climbing peaks and routes:
Classic Climbing Routes at Cathedral Range
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