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Southern Yosemite Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Justin Johnsen on May 28, 2013


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Southern Yosemite is the valley's and Tuolumne's quiet country cousin. None of the world-famous routes are down here, but neither are the crowds. There are endless domes rising out of the wilderness of the Illilouette and other watersheds on both sides of the National Park's southern boundaries. Being a large area, the character of individual areas varies greatly from place to place. There are roadside crags in Wawona, and backcountry alpine climbs like those on the crest of the Clark Range that may take a full day to approach over wild terrain. This is a fine place for mountain exploration, and to find obscure but rewarding routes that may or may not have been touched by human hand.

I used the Spencers' "Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs" guide to define this area south of the valley, roughly from Wawona in the west, to the Clark Range in the east.

Getting There 

Most southern Yosemite rock climbs are approached from around Wawona and Glacier Point Roads. Some may be reached by longer hikes in from Yosemite Valley.

Climbing Season

For the Yosemite National Park area.

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Southern Yosemite

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southern Yosemite:
Southeast Face   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Mount Starr King
West Face of Mount Starr King   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches   Mount Starr King
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Amazing route with real potential, just needs a good cleaning. Start on the crimps on the left hand side of this slightly overhanging feature and move up and to the right to finish on the column uphill. You'll find some of the best holds are covered in moss, so it needs some care. If the top holds were cleaned, this could be some of the best movement and rock quality in the area....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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