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Ribbon Falls Area Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 18, 2006
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Free falling 1,612' to the valley floor, Ribbon Falls is the highest continuous waterfall in Yosemite, and third highest of Yosemite's waterfalls. It ranks 18th highest in the world.

Ribbon Falls Amphitheater is a spectacular place offering great climbing and an awesome view of the West Face of El Capitan.

Climbs here range from short to big walls.

Other, shorter crags are found near the area.

Audubon Buttress is included here because it shares the same parking area as the Ribbon Falls crags.

Getting There 

From the Old Big Oak Flat Road, find your way through the forest to the falls.

Climbing Season

For the Yosemite Valley area.

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ribbon Falls Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ribbon Falls Area:
He Can't Shout, Don't Hear You   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad   Little Wing Area
Laughing at the Void   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2     Aid, 6 pitches, 1000'   Gold Wall
The Riddler   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Little Wing Area
The Silent Line   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C1     Trad, Aid, 8 pitches, 1000'   Gold Wall
Little Wing   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Little Wing Area
Gates of Delirium    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   Ribbon Falls Ampitheater
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Featured Route For Ribbon Falls Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Hidden behind trees lies the Wild Turkey.

Wild Turkey 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : Audubon Buttress
The route begins with a short approach pitch. It begins in a dihedral up about 40ft of decent rock. After a few offwidth moves, step right and up a jagged hand crack to gain the good ledge. This puts you at the base of the left-curving #5 sized beauty that is the essence of the climb. The next 80 or so feet are glorious offwidth climbing. Hand fist stacks and physical arm barring will help you gain ground. Two small bulges will present some interesting "cruxes", but these are over quic...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Ribbon Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
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By Ryan K.
Feb 24, 2017

After the old road turns sharply left and starts the long straight away heading west, the climbers trail begins about 150 feet up on the right after a boulder. There is an oak tree that fell next to the boulder, and the spot usually has a cairn.

Almost all the way up to the amphitheater, the trail splits, west trail heading to Gold Wall and east trail heading to amphitheater. This split is between a dead cedar tree (burned base with lime green moss) and a car-sized boulder. There is currently a finger shaped rock, two ft tall, at the split.

Please help protect the area by staying on the established trail.

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