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Submitted By: Steven VanSickle on Feb 8, 2008
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Not a very Yosemite like route. Almost has an alpine feel to it. Some pitches can be loose but a great climb. Worth the approach.

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Long steep approach, better to have some one show you.

Climbing Season

For the Yosemite Valley area.

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Arrowhead Arete

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Arrowhead Arete:
Arrowhead Spire   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Arrowhead Arête   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 7 pitches   
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Rock Climbing Photo: A spire on the arete , but not the arrowhead spire...

Arrowhead Arête 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Arrowhead Arete
Several pitches of fun, moderate climbing that make for a pleasant outing. The standard pitch count is listed as 7 pitches, but I'm sure you could link many with a 60 or 70m rope. Four 5.7/5.8 pitches lead to the base of the "Great White Flake". Continue on 5.6 that turns to 4th class terrain. Another bit of 5.7 to 4th class, followed by an easy but super-exposed knife edge ridge.From the summit, rap gully to the west with a single rope....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Arrowhead Spire and Arete
The Arrowhead Spire and Arete
Rock Climbing Photo: Arrow Head Arete
BETA PHOTO: Arrow Head Arete
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down at the notch between Arrowhead Spire ...
Looking down at the notch between Arrowhead Spire ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff along the knife edge ridge of Arrowhead Arete...
Jeff along the knife edge ridge of Arrowhead Arete...

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By Russ Walling
Feb 8, 2008
sometimes, less is more.....
By vincent L.
From: Redwood City
Mar 2, 2008
the approach from the trail can be hard to find especially in spring if things are growing. Plan on a two hour approach at least, not very fun. The arrowhead point route itself is not good enough to warrant the trudge up there, but if you do the arowhead arete as well, I think it is well worth it. The arrowhead arete may only be 5.8 , not 5.9 . The arrowhead point is only 5.6 .
By marde
From: Germany
Mar 18, 2008
It's possible to top out and get to the yosemite falls trail
The way is pretty obvious with some 4th class and lots of bushwhacking,
at least not worse than the aproach and the descent described in the supertaco guidebook plus you have a nice view and a kind of a summit.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 18, 2008
This is an area page, somebody please add some climbs under this! I've done Arrowhead Arete but don't remember enough to add a useful description. We first climbed Arrowhead Pinnacle, and I'd recommend starting this way.
By Fluoride
From: Los Angeles, CA
Nov 6, 2012
Best done in the spring when the approach is more wet. Lots of 4th class sections that in the spring is far easier than in the fall when everything if dirty and covered in leaves. Much less slippery in the spring months.

The most "alpine" climb in the Valley. The topout isn't the end of it, the ridgeline to get back to the raps is heady. Really heady.

Takes a lot of route finding and commitment by both leader and follower.

Probably one of the best routes I've done in the Valley. Very committing to get there and get off but climbing it is just as committing.
By Seldom Still
From: san francisco,ca
Nov 1, 2015
Approach is much less adventurous if you can find the trail...find the open space where you can see down to the backside of the court house...turn off looks like a game trail, but after 50 feet and a quick switchback you will be on a well structured (unmaintained) trail (albeit a relic) least for a while. The climbing is solid with a few bits of proper Yosemite 5.9. The raps down are Zionesque...canyoneering types might enjoy the raps back to base as much as the climb.

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