Login with Facebook
 ADVANCED
Cathedral Spires

Select Area...
Church Tower 
Higher Cathedral Spire 
Lower Cathedral Spire 
Phantom Pinnacle 

Cathedral Spires  


Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 37.71384, -119.63263 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 50,932
Administrators: M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Blitzo on Nov 29, 2006
Forecast:
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Cathedral Spires. Photo by Blitzo.

Description 

These beautiful twin spires lie to the east of Higher Cathedral Rock.
They offer exciting climbing in a spectacular location.
The views of El Cap And The Valley are awesome!

Getting There 

Park at a turnout just before the short loop intersects with Southside Drive.
Hike a trail through the woods, past Cathedral Boulders to The Spires Gully. Follow this to your destination.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.6 miles from here

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',5],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cathedral Spires:
Northeast Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   Lower Cathedral Spire
Regular Route (Higher Cathedral Spire)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Higher Cathedral Spire
Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Lower Cathedral Spire
East Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Higher Cathedral Spire
South by Southwest   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Lower Cathedral Spire
Browse More Classics in Cathedral Spires

Featured Route For Cathedral Spires
The regular route follows the bushes to the top.

Regular Route (Higher Cathedral Spire) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Higher Cathedral Spire
The easiest way up Higher Cathedral Spire. 400' of entertainment take you to the top of a spire with spectacular views. This adventure felt like mountaneering as much as technical climbing with the steep approach, many tree belays, and sometimes loose nature of the rock.As a note there are several variations. I will list as I have climbed it which was great fun. Check the Supertopo guide for a more complete picture. Each pictch listed is about 100'.P1 (5.5) Up a left facing dihedral to a bu...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Local Information for Cathedral Spires
Photos of Cathedral Spires Slideshow Add Photo
Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires as seen from the...
Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires as seen from the...
Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires.
BETA PHOTO: Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires.
Rick Cashner bouldering at The Cathedral Boulders,...
Rick Cashner bouldering at The Cathedral Boulders,...
Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires.
BETA PHOTO: Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires.
Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires
BETA PHOTO: Lower and Higher Cathedral Spires
Looking down on Lower Cathedral Spire from the sum...
BETA PHOTO: Looking down on Lower Cathedral Spire from the sum...

Comments on Cathedral Spires Add Comment
Show which comments
By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Sep 20, 2009
Opposite the west branch of El Capitan Drive there's a trail which heads into the woods, over some fallen trees, to hit the big trail running parallel to Cathedral Rocks, go left here then immediately right up a fainter trail, this will take you nicely up The Spires Gully. Cairns mark the way higher up in the talus.

If you're parked in the Cathedral Rocks pullout; take the trail from the pullout, this hits the big trail running parallel to Cathedral Rocks, go left here then after a short hike pass a left branch (the one mentioned above) and go right up the same fainter trail mentioned above.
By David R.
From: San Jose, CA
Jun 9, 2014
The approach description for Upper and Lower Spires is kinda confusing. In case it's not clear, Lower Cathedral Spire is approached by going left around the spires and Upper Cathedral Spire is approached by going right and up the "Spires Gully", which is the same approach for Braille Book and Upper Cathedral Rock.