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Royal Arches is a tremendous arched wall found on the north side of the Valley, just west of Washington Column. The wall is formed of white granite with cool black streaks running down it and it looms impressively over the Valley's Ahwahnee Hotel. Easily the most popular route on this wall is the moderate Royal Arches Route (5.10b or 5.7 A0), amazingly first climbed in 1936 by Ken Adam, Morgan Harris, and W. Kenneth Davis. This is a really cool experience for many first time Valley visitors, as the route takes you from floor to rim and is easily climbed in a day by most parties.
As with Washington Column, it used to be you could park at the Ahwahnee and hoof over to the Column on the bike path, but I've heard recently that you can't park there anymore (permit req'd?). Maybe someone can post up the current beta...
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Royal Arches:
Royal Arches Alt. Start - Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Trial By Fire 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Arches Terrace 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
Super Slide 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
Y Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Peruvian Flake 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad
Sons of Yesterday 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Trad, 6 pitches
Royal Arches 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Trad, 15 pitches
Poker Face 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Serenity Crack 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 350'
1096 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Arches Terrace Direct 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 6 pitches, 700'
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Royal Arches 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Royal Arches
Royal Arches is considered by many to be one of Yosemite's all-time classics. To be entirely honest, I'm not really sure why. While the route weaves its way up an impressive band of rock at a relatively easy grade, there are certainly other moderate climbs of superior aesthetic quality. Perhaps it is the history behind the climb, first negotiated in 1936, or the easy approach combined with an accessible grade of 5.7 A0, or the simple fact that it serves as the most effective approach to North...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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