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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.


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 Sierras 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.


Weather 


1,197 Total Routes


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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'   Tuolumne Meadows : Cathedral Peak
Matthes Crest Traverse - South to North   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 2500'   Tuolumne Meadows : Matthes Crest
Snake Dike   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 8 pitches, 2000'   Yosemite Valley : Half Dome
Nutcracker   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Yosemite Valley : Manure Pile Buttress (aka R...
Bishops Terrace   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Yosemite Valley : Church Bowl
West Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Tuolumne Meadows : Daff Dome, Main Area
Central Pillar of Frenzy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock
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   Yosemite Valley : 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
Outer Limits   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   Yosemite Valley : The Cookie Cliff
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
Astroman   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   Yosemite Valley : Washington Column
The North Face   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 8 pitches, 700'   Yosemite Valley : The Rostrum
Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, 23 pitches, 2200'   Yosemite Valley : Half Dome
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Blues Riff 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Phobos/Diemos Cliff
Tuolumne is not a destination for flawless crack climbs, but there are a few notable exceptions, Blues Riff being one of them. This pitch would be classic no matter where it would be. Originally rated 5.11d, it has since been down-rated to as low as 5.11b, but although the crux is brief, it is probably solid 5.11. Most climb only through the second pitch and then rap with double ropes. P1: Begin about 100' right of the obvious crack system of Phobos at a section of friable rock protected by ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The Nose from the road
The Nose from the road
A squirrel with a view.  We were laughing about the tourists from other countries taking pics of rodents, and then there I was...  September 2009.
A squirrel with a view. We were laughing about th...
Yosemite in May, 1992 <br />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 Francisco in February 2006, I was treated to this amazing view.
Yosemite Valley from 33,000 feet. Flying into San...
Climbing in the 80s. <br />Left to right: Yabo, Peter Mayfield, Werner Braun and Dave Yerian.
Climbing in the 80s.
Left to right: Yabo, Peter Ma...
half dome from clouds rest
half dome from clouds rest
Jim Bridwell. You may have heard of him. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Jim Bridwell. You may have heard of him.
Photo by ...
Taken June 16, 2008 at 13.5
Taken June 16, 2008 at 13.5
The Nose and Pine Line
The Nose and Pine Line
Yosemite. 1981. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Yosemite. 1981.
Photo by Blitzo.
Winter In Yosemite
Winter In Yosemite
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
El Cap and the Merced
El Cap and the Merced
Up-turned grinding stone. This boulder was dislodged and turned to a vertical position during the flood of 1996. <br />It's along the Merced River in El Portal. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Up-turned grinding stone. This boulder was dislodg...
"Chongo"  Big Wall climber and theoretical astrophysicist.
"Chongo" Big Wall climber and theoretical astroph...
Not in the Platte!  This mystery dome is about twenty miles up the Merced River from Yosemite.  We found it during an epic backpack from Mammoth to Yosemite.  I put a picture here thinking that those who like hiking heavy loads into Lost Creek might be interested in this golden giant. Very sunny, so not a good summer expedition.  Way past Merced Lake, where the plane full of weed crashed in the early 1970s.  Maybe even a mile past Washburn lake. I didn't take good photo notes.   <br /> <br />Has it has been climbed? There are no journal reports, and I scanned it with binoculars, finding no slings.  In my opinion, it should be rappel descended to avoid a heinous looking gully/bushwack descent.  Also, in my opinion it should be climbed and hand drilled (wilderness rules) by someone else. Please email me when done, or if you need help.
Not in the Platte! This mystery dome is about twe...
Little Nellie Falls. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Little Nellie Falls.
Photo by Blitzo.
Monarch butterfly on thistle. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Monarch butterfly on thistle.
Photo by Blitzo.
Winter morning. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Winter morning.
Photo by Blitzo.
El Capitan. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
El Capitan.
Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap through a dead, fallen tree arch. <br />The NPS has since burned up the arch in one of their "Controlled" burns. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap through a dead, fallen tree arch.
The NPS h...
Yosemite storm. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Yosemite storm.
Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap-West Buttress profile. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap-West Buttress profile.
Photo by Blitzo.
Dogwood-Yosemite Valley. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Dogwood-Yosemite Valley.
Photo by Blitzo.
Upper Yosemite Falls, Winter, 1975. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Upper Yosemite Falls, Winter, 1975.
Photo by Blitz...
Liberty Cap, Nevada Falls <br />
Liberty Cap, Nevada Falls
2 shots stitched together, September 2009.
2 shots stitched together, September 2009.
Fairview dome
Fairview dome
Half Dome view from approach
Half Dome view from approach
Nevada Falls
Nevada Falls
Spring morning at Upper Pines.
Spring morning at Upper Pines.
Merced River-Happy Isles. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Merced River-Happy Isles.
Photo by Blitzo.
Fern Springs <br />
Fern Springs
Mt. Watkins and Tenaya Canyon from Half Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Watkins and Tenaya Canyon from Half Dome.
Phot...
Bouldering sit start in the Merced River!
Bouldering sit start in the Merced River!
Nevada Falls and Liberty Cap
Nevada Falls and Liberty Cap
Overlook of the valley
Overlook of the valley
really cool camp 4 problem called Thriller.
really cool camp 4 problem called Thriller.
Liberty Cap and Nevada Falls. <br />Photo bt Blitzo.
Liberty Cap and Nevada Falls.
Photo bt Blitzo.
Half Dome and Merced River-Winter. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Half Dome and Merced River-Winter.
Photo by Blitzo...
base of Yosemite Falls
base of Yosemite Falls
Half Dome 1979
Half Dome 1979
Tenaya Canyon
Tenaya Canyon
Sunrise on El Capitan.
Sunrise on El Capitan.
Star King. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Star King.
Photo by Blitzo.
Christmas eve at Glacier Point
Christmas eve at Glacier Point
Panoramic from the Tunnel View vista, September 2009.
Panoramic from the Tunnel View vista, September 20...
Fingertips 5.10b <br />Daff Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosmeite Ca.
Fingertips 5.10b
Daff Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosm...
3 stitched shots from Glacier Point, September 2009.
3 stitched shots from Glacier Point, September 200...
Yosemite Valley 1975. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Yosemite Valley 1975.
Photo by Blitzo.
Forest-Lower Merced Canyon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Forest-Lower Merced Canyon.
Photo by Blitzo.
The Lower Merced Canyon, as seen from the top of Owl Rock.
The Lower Merced Canyon, as seen from the top of O...
Larger panoramic of the Valley from Glacier Point, September 2009.
Larger panoramic of the Valley from Glacier Point,...
My first visit to the valley and it snowed for 5 days.
My first visit to the valley and it snowed for 5 d...
My Wawona Tunnel pic, spring 1977
My Wawona Tunnel pic, spring 1977
A trip to the valley wouldn't be the same without a few cool ones
A trip to the valley wouldn't be the same without ...
Bouldering up the After party problem, I called it a v4.  -Jump in the water after top out for a cool down.
Bouldering up the After party problem, I called it...
Self portrait.Welcome to Yosemite.I am glad to be here.
Self portrait.Welcome to Yosemite.I am glad to be ...
Half Dome 1979
Half Dome 1979
Dogwood-Autumn. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Dogwood-Autumn.
Photo by Blitzo.
Snow Plant found growing near recent forest fire. (2001)
Snow Plant found growing near recent forest fire. ...
The cables
The cables
Tuolumne Meadows
Tuolumne Meadows
Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the center. Sadly, I did no climbing on this, my first, trip to the Valley. Photo by Brian Aitken taken 07/25/2012.
Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the center. Sadl...
Sugar Pine. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine.
Photo by Blitzo.
Layton Kor topping out on the Salathe Wall, Yosemite Valley. Photo by Galen Rowell.
Layton Kor topping out on the Salathe Wall, Yosemi...
Half Dome Half-Wiezen. Half wheat beer, half pale ale. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Half Dome Half-Wiezen. Half wheat beer, half pale ...
The grass across from Curry Village.
The grass across from Curry Village.
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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.

www.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:
picasaweb.google.com/tyler.williams/YosemitePhase1#
picasaweb.google.com/tyler.williams/YosemitePhase2#
picasaweb.google.com/tyler.williams/YosemitePhase3#
picasaweb.google.com/tyler.williams/YosemitePhase4#

By Alli
From: New York, NY
Oct 22, 2010

Found Womens's Lace Up Muria's size 36 at Chapel Wall - I believe I have your shoes from the day where the 'rattlesnake' was in the crack. We are the same size and I must have picked up your shoes thinking they were mine. I am so sorry! If you see this, please let me know where I may send the shoes. If you are still in Yost, I will Fed Ex them to you.

Sincerely,

Alli Hudson

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.