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Yosemite Falls Area Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Yosemite Falls is the seventh highest water fall in the world. The Upper Falls drops 1,430 feet. An intermediate chain of cascades drops another 675 feet. The Lower Falls drops another 320 feet.
On the Upper Falls Wall is the famous Lost Arrow Spire.
Several grade VI routes also exist here.
The Lower Falls Amphitheatre offers quality climbing.
Sunnyside Bench and the Five Open Books are also quite popular.

Getting There 

Take the Lower Yosemite Falls Trail to access The lower areas.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.7 miles from here

75 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',30],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',11],['5.7',9],['5.8',11],['5.9',10],['5.10',26],['5.11',8],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=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 Yosemite Falls Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Yosemite Falls Area:
Sunnyside Bench Regular Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Sunnyside Bench
Munginella   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Five Open Books : First Tier
Swan Slab Gully   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 310'   Swan Slab
Bay Tree Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Swan Slab
Claude's Delight   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Swan Slab
Penelope's Problem   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Swan Slab
Lost Arrow Tip   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2     Trad, Aid, 2 pitches, 250'   Lost Arrow Spire
The Caverns   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Five Open Books : First Tier
Super Hands   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Falls Amphitheatre
Selaginella   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 560'   Five Open Books : Second Tier
Grant's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Swan Slab
Commitment   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Five Open Books : First Tier
Jamcrack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Sunnyside Bench
Lena's Lieback   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   Swan Slab
The Surprise   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Five Open Books : First Tier
Unnamed Thin Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 80'   Swan Slab
Bummer   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Sunnyside Bench
Werner's Ant Trees   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Five Open Books : First Tier
Lazy Bum   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Sunnyside Bench
Aid Route   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches   Swan Slab
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Featured Route For Yosemite Falls Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the Spire

Lost Arrow Spire Direct 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C2  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : Lost Arrow Spire
"With an easier approach than Half Dome, plenty of easy to moderate climbing and plush bivy ledges, Lost Arrow Direct is an excellent introductory wall. Nearby Yosemite Falls is stunning. The climbing is neither too steep nor too serious. This route is more involved and therefore harder than the South Face of Washington Column or Skull Queen but easier than The Prow."-SupertopoThe Supertopo beta has all that you should need. You can fill up water when the falls are pumping on the approach as you...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Yosemite Falls Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Kurt Smith on the first ascent of "Powerslave...
Kurt Smith on the first ascent of "Powerslave...
Rock Climbing Photo: Doesn't Get Better Than This.
Doesn't Get Better Than This.
Rock Climbing Photo: Taken from Glacier Point.
Taken from Glacier Point.
Rock Climbing Photo: Yosemite falls
Yosemite falls
Rock Climbing Photo: Yosemite Falls Area
Yosemite Falls Area
Rock Climbing Photo: On this cold winter morning, the first rays of sun...
On this cold winter morning, the first rays of sun...
Rock Climbing Photo: Just playing around before heading up to the lower...
Just playing around before heading up to the lower...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Falls-Posterized. Photo by Blitzo.
Lower Falls-Posterized. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper Yosemite Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Upper Yosemite Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Indica Point and Yosemite Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Indica Point and Yosemite Falls. Photo by Blitzo.

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