Type: Trad, 600 ft, 6 pitches
FA: Walt Shipley, Kevin Fosburg 1990s
Page Views: 674 total · 15/month
Shared By: Brian Prince on Apr 14, 2015
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


This is a route way up at the top of the falls trail. It's not the most impressive wall west of the falls, but it's a cool little tower of pretty, orange rock. The tower was first climbed by Harding and co and called the Menehune Wall, which are a mthyical Hawaiian people... see supertopo for details by Blitzo. The free route may or may not be a major variation Supertopo Link

Expect choss and moss! Definitely different ways to break up the pitches

P1 - 5.10b Choose one of two cracks in the left facing corner and then switch to the right. Go up the now severely left leaning, left facing corner with a short wide crux. Belay at a nice ledge or continue

P2 - 5.10b Up the steep corner with giant, hollow flakes. Belay on the ramp.

P3 - 5.10c Up the sweet corner. Pull a little roof on good jams, clip an old bolt, and get past the short, crux wide pod. Great ledge

P4 - 5.9 Jam and Chimney up the crack at the left end of the ledge. Belay at a nice ledge after 40 ft. or continue up and left up the low angle corner and belay below the black munge

p5 - 5.10a Pull up on some steep flakes and get in some good gear. I laybacked up the black stuff which looks horrendous but worked out pretty good, although pro was hard to come by. Or try your luck to the right up a giant flake thing. Continue up on some horrible 4th class rock and through some bushes up and left.

P6 11a nice varied finger crack in a shallow corner. Crux is over quickly, as is the nice rock. Head right to the next crack over whenever you think reasonable. The roof up ahead is pretty dang cool and after some wide climbing you're on top.


Top of the falls trail at the end of the switchbacks. Cut over to the wall when you're just above the start of the route. Leave the trail at a broad clearing and walk over to a big rock to rack up on and scope your path to the start.
Hide your packs at this rock well because hikers sometimes like to stroll over... Although you can see them and it's fun to yell and scare em.

Descent - Boulder hop and 4th class on the ridge back until you can cut right and down back to the falls trail.


A varied double rack to #3. We took a #4 and 5 which was nice but the 5 was probably not necessary.