Similar to Phobos/Diemos in nature (south-facing, warm, steep, one-to-three pitch climbs), but different in that the climbs are a little more wandering and the approach is much easier.
Park at the Tenaya Lake parking lot, cross the street, and hike up slabs to a short headwall (which can be passed at the far left via two or three moves of 5.0). Continue up on a good trail to the base of the cliff.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Harlequin Dome:
Hoodwink 5.10a Trad, 4 pitches, 420 feet
The Sting 5.10a/b Trad, 5 pitches, 500 feet, Grade III
Cyclone 5.10b Trad, 3 pitches, 200 feet
Chinese Handcuffs 5.10c/d Trad, 1 pitch, 50 feet
By Hook or By Crook 5.11b PG13 Trad, 3 pitches
Featured Route For Harlequin Dome
The Sting 5.10a/b CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Harlequin Dome
This route is better than Hoodwink and one of the best multipitch climbs of its grade in Tuolumne. Varied and sustained climbing with great position and excellent exposure combined with good protection makes it super fun.Pitch 1 climbs the excellent hand and finger crack first pitch of Hoodwink 5.8 and gear belay. Pitch 2 ascends moderate climbing right past two pins and two bolts. At the second bolt, improbable thin face climbing leads left past 5.9+ with a nice mantle finish then head up pa...[more] Browse More Classics in CA