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Leaning Tower Area Rock Climbing 


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Location: 37.71676, -119.65211 View Map  Incorrect?
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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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.3 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',3],['5.12',2],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Leaning Tower Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Leaning Tower Area:
West Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2     Trad, Aid, 11 pitches, 1000'   Leaning Tower
Wet Denim Daydream   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C3- PG13     Aid, 10 pitches, 1000'   Leaning Tower
The Thief   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   Leaning Tower Base Routes : The Watchtower
Center of the Universe   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 13 pitches, 1000'   Fifi Buttress
Voyager   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 7 pitches, 700'   Fifi Buttress
Romulan Freebird    5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 9 pitches, 1000'   Fifi Buttress
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Rock Climbing Photo: West Face of Leaning Tower.  I'm not 100% about th...

West Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : Leaning Tower
11 Pitches of overhanging exposure! A continuously steep and strenuous route with some of the best exposure around. The route is technically easy, but can be mentally wearing due to the nature of the climbing. From the very start there is instant exposure. An awesome wall to cut your teeth on.Every pitch can be linked with a 60m rope and the hauling is really easy since the bag is almost always free hanging. Link pitches 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 for sure and it's much quicker. These take very little a...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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