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Yosemite National Park  


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Description 

Yosemite National Park is it: The iconic birthplace of American rock climbing and the most famous climbing area in the world.

The park, located in central California, is home to both Yosemite Valley (THE Valley), Tuolumne Meadows, and several other less-visited climbing venues such as Wawona and Hetch Hetchy. Climbers from all over the world have been visiting the Valley for decades (often staying in the little-changed walk-in campground of Camp 4) to test themselves against the great big wall climbs on El Capitan and Half Dome. In addition to scores of historic aid routes, Yosemite Valley also has everything from long free climbs to world-class bouldering. Don't expect a wilderness experience - the park is often overrun by tourists and climbers alike during the busy seasons.

In the summer, when the heat and humidity become stifling, Tuolumne offers a sub-alpine playground of beautiful domes known for run out slab and face climbs on famous Tuolumne knobs.

There are several campgrounds in the Park, the most famous of which is Camp 4. Don't expect privacy or quiet, but do expect tons of climbers and being located right in the center of the action. Camp 4 is a walk-in campground and lines will form each morning before the sun rises for openings. Most of the other sites (such as the Pines and the Tuolumne campground) are reservation campgrounds which fill up months in advance. Stays are limited from one month down to one week depending on the season.

Hipcamp has a great directory of the campgrounds, and for some of them you can even check availability and book them online.

Getting There 

From points west (San Francisco Bay area): Highway 120 and 140 lead into the park and Yosemite Valley. 120 continues east to Tuolumne Meadows and then drops down to the East Side of the Sierra via Tioga Pass.

From the south (Fresno): Highway 41 leads into the park past Wawona and into the Valley.

From the east (Bishop, Mammoth, Reno): During the summer months highway 120 can be followed west up over Tioga Pass and into Tuolumne Meadows and then down to the Valley.

Tioga Pass is frequently closed from mid-October to late-May.

Yosmeite roads are crowded!
Consider YARTS - the only public transit to Yosemite National Park- park entrance fee is part of the fare. yarts.com

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1,329 Total Routes

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['<=5.6',60],['5.7',85],['5.8',125],['5.9',176],['5.10',412],['5.11',206],['5.12',76],['5.13',12],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',45],['V2-3',43],['V4-5',33],['V6-7',28],['V8-9',17],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Yosemite National Park:
Southeast Buttress   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 700'   Cathedral Range : Cathedral Peak
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2500'   Cathedral Range : Matthes Crest
Snake Dike   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 8 pitches, 2000'   Yosemite Valley : Half Dome
Bishops Terrace   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Yosemite Valley : Church Bowl
Nutcracker   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Yosemite Valley : Manure Pile Buttress (aka R...
Central Pillar of Frenzy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Daff Dome Area : Daff Dome, Main Area
Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 12 pitches, 1000'   Tuolumne Meadows : Fairview Dome
Salathe Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3500'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
The Nose   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 31 pitches, 3000'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
Reed's Pinnacle-Direct Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Lower Merced River Canyon : 21 - Reed's Pinnacle Area
Royal Arches   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 15 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
Sons of Yesterday   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
East Buttress   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 9 pitches, 1200'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
East Buttress   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 11 pitches, 1100'   Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock
Serenity Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches
The North Face   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 8 pitches, 700'   Lower Merced River Canyon : 30 - The Rostrum
Astroman   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   Yosemite Valley : Washington Column
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, 23 pitches, 2200'   Yosemite Valley : Half Dome
Dawn Wall Free   5.14c 8c+ 34 XI- 35 E9 7b     Trad, 32 pitches, 2500'   Yosemite Valley : El Capitan
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Climbing in the 80s. Left to right: Yabo, Peter Ma...
Climbing in the 80s. Left to right: Yabo, Peter Ma...
half dome from clouds rest
half dome from clouds rest
A squirrel with a view.  We were laughing about th...
A squirrel with a view. We were laughing about th...
The Nose from the road
The Nose from the road
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite in May, 1992 Photo by Deaun Schovajsa
Yosemite in May, 1992 Photo by Deaun Schovajsa
in the valley
in the valley
Yosemite Valley from 33,000 feet.  Flying into San...
Yosemite Valley from 33,000 feet. Flying into San...
Jim Bridwell. You may have heard of him. Photo by ...
Jim Bridwell. You may have heard of him. Photo by ...
Yosemite. 1981. Photo by Blitzo.
Yosemite. 1981. Photo by Blitzo.
Taken June 16, 2008 at 13.5
Taken June 16, 2008 at 13.5
The Nose and Pine Line
The Nose and Pine Line
Winter In Yosemite
Winter In Yosemite
El Cap and the Merced
El Cap and the Merced
Not in the Platte!  This mystery dome is about twe...
Not in the Platte! This mystery dome is about twe...
Up-turned grinding stone. This boulder was dislodg...
Up-turned grinding stone. This boulder was dislodg...
"Chongo"  Big Wall climber and theoretic...
"Chongo" Big Wall climber and theoretic...
Monarch butterfly on thistle. Photo by Blitzo.
Monarch butterfly on thistle. Photo by Blitzo.
Kia and I doing some acroyoga in the valley
Kia and I doing some acroyoga in the valley
Little Nellie Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Little Nellie Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Layton Kor topping out on the Salathe Wall, Yosemi...
Layton Kor topping out on the Salathe Wall, Yosemi...
Winter morning. Photo by Blitzo.
Winter morning. Photo by Blitzo.
Upper Yosemite Falls, Winter, 1975. Photo by Blitz...
Upper Yosemite Falls, Winter, 1975. Photo by Blitz...
2 shots stitched together, September 2009.
2 shots stitched together, September 2009.

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By John Ross
From: Wasatch Front, UT
Nov 27, 2007
Here is some really cool photography of Yosemite that I came across:

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Yosemite - Half Dome and El Capitan
By Brad G
From: Yosemite and else where
Nov 27, 2007
Thanks John that is really cool
By Ladd Raine
Administrator
From: Plymouth, NH
Oct 31, 2008
Check this out.

yosemite-17-gigapixels.com/
By Mark Vogel
From: Lander, WY
Jan 22, 2010
That is just way too cool.
By TylerW
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 16, 2010
Photos from 2 months in the valley and meadows summer of '09:
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By siyathomas
Nov 18, 2010
This is a outstanding place. Each season you get to see something new in the park. winter season is the best to visit. The waterfalls get turns into a giant ice walls. It really worth's visit.

Yosemite national park
By jadesmith
Nov 26, 2010
When we had a visit to the Yosemite in winter it was really an enchanting tour for us. When we had been on a tour to California we had given a visit to the Yosemite national Park, which is situated California's Sierra Nevada mountain range and is one of the first wilderness parks in United States. It is best known for its waterfalls. Within the 1170 sq miles exist the deep valleys , the vast wilderness, the enchanting meadows and the captivating wildlife. Mainly the Yosemite Falls and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir have visitors crowded around it.
By Jeremy May
Jul 12, 2015
Can anyone recommend the best guide book for Yosemite free climbs, hopefully including Tuolumne?
By Bryan G
From: Yosemite
Jul 13, 2015
Tuolumne has two guidebooks available and they are the same price. The Falcon Guide by Don Reid and Chris Falkenstein is much more comprehensive with over 1000 routes. The Supertopo by Greg Barnes and Chris McNamara is a bit newer, full color, and features a handful of recently established routes which aren't included in the Falcon Guide, but it lacks many of the less popular formations and routes. Both books are good quality, it just comes down to whether or not you're looking to climb the classics or get on some more obscure stuff.

The guidebook situation for the Valley isn't that great (bigwalls aside). The Don Reid book has been out of print for several years and a used copy is going for around $50 on Amazon these days. The only in-print book is the Supertopo which has quite a limited selection of routes, most of which tend to be very crowded.

The only guidebook I'm aware of which includes both the Valley and Tuolumne is the Northern California Road Trip by Tom Slater and Chris Summit. However, it's treatment of the Yosemite area is extremely brief as the book is large in scope and covers the entire northern half (actually more like 2/3rds) of the state.
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