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3 - U.S.G.S. Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: S. Stember on Jun 12, 2009

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This wonderful crag is 20 feet off of CA HWY 140 on the way to El Portal. It hosts multiple challenging sport climbs and an excellent crack climb with 3 bolts at the beginning.

Getting There 

Coming from the east, exit the park and drive less than one mile until you notice the large crag on the right (south) side of the road. If you reach the "25 MPH Right Turn" sign you have gone too far. This crag is OUTSIDE of Yosemite.

Park at the pull off on the river side of the road and walk up river 75M until you reach the obvious crag on your left.

Climbing Season

For the Lower Merced River Canyon area.

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 3 - U.S.G.S. Wall:
Polish Finger Massage   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Coup d' etat   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Polish Finger Massage 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : 3 - U.S.G.S. Wall
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By Alexey
From: San Jose
Jul 8, 2009
Could you give better description to how to find parking lot for U.S.G.S. Wall.
for instance - milage from Arch Rock entrance would be helpful.
Update: Sevve, thanks for update how to get to USGS
By S. Stember
From: St. Paul, MN
Jul 19, 2009
Alexey- see edits above and let me know if you need more information.
By S. Stember
From: St. Paul, MN
Oct 24, 2011
Does anyone have any information about the bolted route on the far right? I've heard its 5.11 something. Any beta?

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