This is the higher of the two spires. It is to the right of the Lower Spire when viewed from the north.
Park about 1/4 mile past the parking area for middle cathedral rock on the right. Cross the road to get on the main trail and head towards the Main Cathedral area while looking for a climbers trail on the left which heads up to Higher Cathedral Spire. Approach is ~30-60 minutes depending on route and how much you pack.
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Regular Route (Higher Cathedral Spire) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
East Corner 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 450'
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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
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