The Upper Tier is the broad series of multi-faceted buttresses and faces adjacent to the vegetated terrace above and north of the Grotto. The Upper Tier sits just below the rim and in the shadow of Balanced Rock. The climbs are short, but away from the crowds and occasional gym-like scene in the Grotto or the Left Flank/Java Wall. A great flat rocky base and views of the approach gully and Carlisle Canyon.
Scramble up the gully left of the base of the arete of "Bushed Coyote," near the Java Wall (short, but rather unpleasant). It is also possible to scramble upstream and west over the huge boulders from the Grotto. Once beyond the boulders follow a trail up and right to the west end of the cliff band. Follow the trail right (east) to the base of The Upper Tier.
Browse More Classics in The Upper Tier
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Upper Tier:
Blackie 5.9 Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
The Barkley 5.10a Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Reverb 5.10a Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Welcome to Echo 5.10a Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Sasha 5.10c Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Man's Best Friend 5.10c/d Sport, 50 feet
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