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Tuolumne Meadows

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Tuolumne Meadows 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 37.8308, -119.471 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Tuolumne Meadows is the high country climbing area of Yosemite National Park. The region is highlighted by many beautiful granite domes which offer the ultimate in knob and slab climbing. There are also classic non-dome formations like Cathedral Peak (first ascent by John Muir in the 1800's) and the Matthes Crest which are very popular with climbers. Tuolumne Meadows is a beautiful, serene place without many of the tourist popularity issues plaguing Yosemite Valley these days. The usual Tuolumne "season" for climbing runs from May through mid-Fall or so.


Getting There 

Tuolumne Meadows is accessed via highway 120, either from the west or via Tioga Pass from the east. The Tioga Pass road is generally closed (snowfall) from fall through mid to late May or so (sometimes later, depending on the snow).


Weather 


369 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tuolumne Meadows:
Northwest Buttress   5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a     Trad, 5 pitches, 1400'   Tenaya Peak
Southeast Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 700'   Cathedral Peak
West Ridge, Mount Conness   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'   Mt. Conness
Tenaya, Matthes, Cathedral Traverse   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 7500'   Tenaya Peak
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2500'   Matthes Crest
Hobbit Book   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   Mariuolumne Dome : Main Wall
West Country   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'   Stately Pleasure Dome
South Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'   Stately Pleasure Dome
On the Lamb   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches   Lamb Dome
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   DAFF Dome
Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 12 pitches, 1000'   Fairview Dome
Crescent Arch   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches   DAFF Dome
Third Pillar (Regular Route)   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Mt. Dana & the Dana Plateau
Bombs over Tokyo (1st pitch)   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 80'   DAFF Dome
Lucky Streaks   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 650'   Fairview Dome
OZ   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches   Drug Dome
Sorcerer's Apprentice   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R     Trad, 7 pitches, 800'   Fairview Dome
Blues Riff   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Phobos/Diemos Cliff
Bachar-Yerian   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a X     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Medlicott Dome : Medlicott Dome, Right
Electric Africa   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 80'   Pywiak Dome
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The route is clearly seen between the trees.

Bachar-Yerian 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Medlicott Dome, Right
P1-5.11c/.12a Head up the ramp at the left end of the B-Y ledge for a ways, then climb easy knobs up to the base of the prominent black streak, reach from the horizontal to clip a bolt. V3/V4 boulder problem, and all that that implies about the grade, gets you established above the bulge, clip another bolt. continuous 5.11- climbing gets you to a left facing flake that would take a .75 camalot, I believe. Follow the flake to the anchor. Relatively well protected, though pounding into the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Runout friction climbing is the name of the game!
Runout friction climbing is the name of the game!
Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmstead Point, Yosemite NP
Tuolumne Meadows area and Tenaya Lake, from Olmste...
Sunset on Tenaya Lake
Sunset on Tenaya Lake
Jeremy Freeman on 'Space Tits', Tenaya Canyon.
Jeremy Freeman on 'Space Tits', Tenaya Canyon.
Tenaya Lake, Sept 09.  Simply amazing.
Tenaya Lake, Sept 09. Simply amazing.
Tuolumne life near the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge.
Tuolumne life near the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge.
Tuolumne River. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tuolumne River.
Photo by Blitzo.
Watch out for pterodacyls! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Watch out for pterodacyls!
Photo by Blitzo.
DAFF and Fairview. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
DAFF and Fairview.
Photo by Blitzo.
Tenaya Lake from further up the road, September 2009.  Simply amazing.
Tenaya Lake from further up the road, September 20...
The wintry meadows from above, with Fairview and the line of the Regular Route prominent in the center of the photo.
The wintry meadows from above, with Fairview and t...
Afternoon hail storm on top of Tenaya
Afternoon hail storm on top of Tenaya
Daff Dome, Conness
Daff Dome, Conness
Beautiful Tenaya Lake, 2002 or so.
Beautiful Tenaya Lake, 2002 or so.
Tuolumne. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tuolumne.
Photo by Blitzo.
Beautiful evening
Beautiful evening
Bouldering near Mountaineers Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering near Mountaineers Dome.
Photo by Blitzo...
Dozier Dome area. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Dozier Dome area.
Photo by Blitzo.
Rainwater cascades down Cloud's Rest during a summer storm
Rainwater cascades down Cloud's Rest during a summ...
Playing around with the camera on Lembert dome
Playing around with the camera on Lembert dome
Jammin' @ Tuolumne Meadows. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Jammin' @ Tuolumne Meadows.
Photo by Blitzo.
Tenaya Canyon
Tenaya Canyon
Toulumne Meadows Campground
Toulumne Meadows Campground
Tuolumne panoramic
BETA PHOTO: Tuolumne panoramic
knobby boulder
knobby boulder
Bouldering on Dog dome
Bouldering on Dog dome
The view reaches The Valley high on the West Ridge of Mt. Conness, Tuolumne Meadows.
The view reaches The Valley high on the West Ridge...
Pothole Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Pothole Dome.
Photo by Blitzo.
Looking west from "Hobbit Book". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Looking west from "Hobbit Book".
Photo by Blitzo.
Sascha Madrid  bouldering at the Knobs
Sascha Madrid bouldering at the Knobs
Bouldering at the Knobs
Bouldering at the Knobs
Panorama from the top of Hobbit Book (Mariuolumne Dome)
Panorama from the top of Hobbit Book (Mariuolumne ...
Ice on Ellery Lake, around Memorial day, 2009
Ice on Ellery Lake, around Memorial day, 2009
Rogers & Electra Peaks to the left of Mt Lyell Glacier. Some nice looking walls with sweet striations as well as high elevation to contend with. This picture was taken from 10,989 ft.
Rogers & Electra Peaks to the left of Mt Lyell Gla...
First snow of the season-MT Gibbs. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
First snow of the season-MT Gibbs.
Photo by Blitzo...
Cottage Dome approach, with Fairview in the background.  Don't worry about the guy on the ground, he is just winded.....
Cottage Dome approach, with Fairview in the backgr...
View from near Olmsted Point
View from near Olmsted Point
Bouldering in the vastness of Tuolumne. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering in the vastness of Tuolumne.
Photo by B...
Tuolumne high country, with the Valley beyond.  June 16, 2008.
Tuolumne high country, with the Valley beyond. Ju...
sunset in the Meadows
sunset in the Meadows
Tuolumne Meadows
Tuolumne Meadows
A rare TM sighting <br />
A rare TM sighting
Moonrise and Sunset in the High Country
Moonrise and Sunset in the High Country
Cathedral & Eichorn's Pinnacle to the left, Echo Cliffs in the center, and Matthes Crest on the right.
Cathedral & Eichorn's Pinnacle to the left, Echo C...
Cathedral from Lembert Dome
Cathedral from Lembert Dome
Another unpredictable spring day going to the Meadows ©
Another unpredictable spring day going to the Mead...
Tenaya Lake reflection
Tenaya Lake reflection
Rick Cashner bouldering at the Knobs. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Rick Cashner bouldering at the Knobs.
Photo by Bli...
Tenaya Lake, Stately Pleasure dome
Tenaya Lake, Stately Pleasure dome
Bouldering at The Knobs. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering at The Knobs.
Photo by Blitzo.
Soda Springs
Soda Springs
Tuolumne meadows
Tuolumne meadows
Evening light on water in meadows
Evening light on water in meadows
A cool boulder at the base of the Drug dome
A cool boulder at the base of the Drug dome
View from Olmsted Point toward cloud's Rest
View from Olmsted Point toward cloud's Rest
Cloud's Rest
Cloud's Rest
Pywiack, Medlicott and Dozier Domes. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Pywiack, Medlicott and Dozier Domes.
Photo by Blit...
Bonjour mademoiselle, es que vous grimper?
Bonjour mademoiselle, es que vous grimper?
Tenaya Lake at Sunset
Tenaya Lake at Sunset
Tenaya Lake
Tenaya Lake
Cathedral Peak at sunrise.
Cathedral Peak at sunrise.
Daff Dome
Daff Dome
Echo Peaks
BETA PHOTO: Echo Peaks
A SW across the Meadows toward Yosemite Valley.  Halfdome is visible in the distance beyond frozen Lake Tenaya, at the head of the obvious, glorious ditch.
A SW across the Meadows toward Yosemite Valley. H...
Tuolumne Meadows
Tuolumne Meadows
NW Books
NW Books
As seen out the window of a Twin Otter aircraft carrying NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory on April 3, 2013.
As seen out the window of a Twin Otter aircraft ca...
Tenaya Lake
Tenaya Lake
Hanging out on a ledge on the Regular route
Hanging out on a ledge on the Regular route
The Meadows
The Meadows
Large bear scat by the camprground
Large bear scat by the camprground
On top of Lembert dome
On top of Lembert dome
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By Isaac T.
From: Rockville, MD
Apr 4, 2007

Tuolumne Info is chocked full of information such as road conditions as well as some very detailed route beta (you have to become a memember first though) it is also a forum. If you are visiting from far away it would probably be good to check out the sight for any information.

By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
May 6, 2011

Could a Tuolumne regular give me their take on when the mosquitos die down. I'm going to be there the last week of July. What are your mosquito predictions for that time?

By Aerili
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 6, 2011

In my experience, mid August and later is when they seem to have a lot of their last hurrahs. With all the snow we had this year, make sure you come well armed in July!

By drmartindell
From: Homer, Ak
Apr 17, 2012

How likely is it to roll into town solo (early august) and stumble upon a climbing partner? Camping info, etc would be appreciated. Thanks!