Type: Trad, 150 ft, Grade II
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Shared By: Tyler Williams on Feb 11, 2010
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


Osprey overhang can be seen from Tenaya lake as a chunk of rock on the western skyline with a prominent roof. This is Osprey Overhang. The regular route chimneys through a large break in the roof. To get there, follow an obvious corner with some mildly awkward 5.7 stemming and liebacking.

It is about an hour quasi-bushwhack approach for a short climb, but the summit views are awesome.

See the awesome updated (4th ed.) Reid/Falkenstein guide for more info.


Park at the Olmstead canyon turnoff and hike through breaks in the cliffs up the hill. Pretty hard to miss.


Standard Yosemite rack. No bolts. I don't remember needing anything larger than a BD #3.


c scott  
You pretty much need to climb this because it's such a landmark in Tuolumne. Hard to believe it's not too hard when you see it from the road. Lots of hiking to get up there, but you pass lots of other good climbs in the canyon along the way, such as creatures, ivory tower, lord caffeine, etc. The climb is super fun, albeit only one pitch. And, in accordance with Tyler's description, you can see the whole world, more or less, from the top. Feb 16, 2010
Ed Henicle
Santa Rosa, CA
Ed Henicle   Santa Rosa, CA
This is a Yosemite 5.7, so be prepared to be worked! The approach took one hour at a leisurely pace. We went right of the Ivory Tower crag (some bushwack), but you can also zig zag up the slabs. Awesome views - great morning in Tuolumne without the run out! I took two #4, and a #5 and used them all. Also do Olga (5.8) while you are there Jul 7, 2015