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Description

Downstream from the Yosemite Valley, but still inside the park boundaries, there are numerous rocks that are mostly less famous, and therefore somewhat less crowded, than the legendary areas to the east.

I followed Don Reid's Yosemite guide sections to put this page together.

Bryan G shared these excellent notes on how the crags fit together.

"And here is rough approximation of what the left/right sorting would be. First, the north side starting at El Portal running east:

Parkline Slab
Narrow Escape Cliff
U.S.G.S. Wall
Arch Rock
Short Circuit Boulder
Finger Lickin' Area
Roadside Attraction
Kat Pinnacle
Sunshine Cliff
Cookie Cliff, The
Cookie Sheet, The
Wildcat Falls & Above the Cookie
Knobby Wall
Cascade Area
Knob Hill
Owl, The
This and That Cliff
Generator Station
New Diversions
Goldrush
Reed's Pinnacle Area
Five and Dime Cliff
Mojo Tooth Area, The
Highway Star
Last Resort Cliff

Then the south side as you move down canyon:

Pulpit Rock
Wawona Tunnel
Wawona Tunnel West
Cream
Rostrum, The
Jungle Gym, The
Elephant Rock
Hand Out Cliff

It's not a perfect geographical representation because I tried to clump some areas together which have a similar approach. This and That, Generator Station, and New Diversions are all approached from the 140 so I think it's better to list them in a sequence, even though Goldrush is technically between them. Hope this helps."

Getting There

On both sides of the Merced River, between Mariposa and the Valley. Many of these areas are reached from State Route 140, which parallels the river, but some areas are easier to reach from other roads.

Guide Books

Many guide books that focus on the Valley itself also include climbs here.

422 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Merced River Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 431
Reed's Pinnacle-Direct Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 115
Midterm
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 116
Gripper
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 321
Lunatic Fringe
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 156
Wheat Thin
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 418
Outer Limits
Trad 3 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 184
Five and Dime
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 131
Catchy Corner
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 112
New Dimensions
Trad 4 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 279
The North Face
Trad 8 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 128
Crack-a-Go-Go
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 147
Butterballs
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 96
Red Zinger
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 81
Separate Reality
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 115
Cookie Monster
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Reed's Pinnacle-Direct Route At. Reed's Pinn… > Reed's Pinnacle
 431
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Midterm Ad. Arch Rock
 115
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Gripper Ad. Arch Rock
 116
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Lunatic Fringe At. Reed's Pinn… > Reed's Pinnacle
 321
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Wheat Thin Aj. Cookie Area > Cookie Cliff
 156
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Outer Limits Aj. Cookie Area > Cookie Cliff
 418
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Five and Dime Au. Five & Dime Cliff
 184
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Catchy Corner Aj. Cookie Area > Cookie Cliff
 131
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
New Dimensions Ad. Arch Rock
 112
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
The North Face Ba. The Rostrum
 279
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 8 pitches
Crack-a-Go-Go Aj. Cookie Area > Cookie Cliff
 128
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Butterballs Aj. Cookie Area > Cookie Cliff
 147
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Red Zinger Aj. Cookie Area > Cookie Cliff
 96
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Separate Reality Ak. Wildcat Falls & A…
 81
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Cookie Monster Aj. Cookie Area > Cookie Cliff
 115
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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