Elevation: 3,951 ft
GPS: 37.717, -119.651 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jordan Ramey on May 7, 2016
Admins: Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: Latest updates on Covid and falcon closures. Details

Description

The Leaning Tower itself hosts such routes as:
West Face (5.7 C2F 11 pitches)
Jesus Built My Hotrod (5.7 A4 9 pitches)
Wet Denim Daydream (5.6 A3 10 pitches)
Roulette (5.6 A3 8 pitches)

More routes are found nearby at the Leaning Tower Base Routes and Fifi Buttress.

All use the same parking area at Bridalveil Falls.

Getting There

Start at the Bridalveil Falls pullout off the southeast side of Wawona Road. The El Capitan free shuttle bus stops here during peak season hours. Sort gear and pack up in the parking area, and if you drove, leave someone with the gear while the other parks outside the lot. There are bear boxes semi-hidden behind the bathroom so tourists won't fill them up. For some reason there is no overnight parking in the lot, possibly due to the current construction. Park down the road about a couple hundred yards at a pull out.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Leaning Tower Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2
 213
West Face
Trad, Aid 11 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C3 PG13
 21
Wet Denim Daydream
Trad, Aid 10 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 13
The Thief
Trad 2 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 102
Center of the Universe
Trad 13 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 10
Bird of Prey
Trad 7 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 156
Voyager
Trad 7 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Mama (Free Voices of the Drown)
Trad 9 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
More Burly than Girly
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 29
Romulan Warbird
Trad 9 pitches
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 3
Dream Team
Trad 10 pitches
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c R
 3
Westie Face
Trad 8 pitches
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 3
The Nexus AKA The Niels Tietze M…
Trad 10 pitches
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 8
The Final Frontier
Trad 9 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
West Face Leaning Tower
 213
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2 Trad, Aid 11 pitches
Wet Denim Daydream Leaning Tower
 21
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C3 PG13 Trad, Aid 10 pitches
The Thief Leaning Tower B… > Watchtower
 13
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
Center of the Universe Fifi Buttress
 102
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 13 pitches
Bird of Prey Fifi Buttress
 10
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 7 pitches
Voyager Fifi Buttress
 156
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 7 pitches
Mama (Free Voices of the Dr… Leaning Tower B… > Wall of Ages
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 9 pitches
More Burly than Girly Fifi Buttress
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Romulan Warbird Fifi Buttress
 29
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad 9 pitches
Dream Team Fifi Buttress
 3
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad 10 pitches
Westie Face Leaning Tower
 3
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c R Trad 8 pitches
The Nexus AKA The Niels Tie… Fifi Buttress
 3
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Trad 10 pitches
The Final Frontier Fifi Buttress
 8
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Trad 9 pitches
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