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  Steve Schneider on the Shield Headwall, El Cap.
 
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Yosemite's Best Big Wall Climbing Routes
Thirty years after the “Golden Age,” Yosemite Valley remains a mecca to big wall climbers. The reason is clear: there is no place on earth with the same combinations of size, rock quality, good weather and accessibility. In short, its damn hard to find a better large rocks to throw yourself at. The 54 climbs listed below are among the most classic in Yosemite.

Topos of all of Yosemite's best big wall climbs are available in our guidebook Yosemite Big Walls: SuperTopos.

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Washington Column - South Face C1 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
South Face
C1 5.8, Washington Column

The South Face of Washington Column.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
10
C1 5.8
4 Star Rating
Washington Column - Prow C2F 5.6 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Prow
C2F 5.6, Washington Column

The line follows a series of small features.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
12
C2F 5.6
4 Star Rating
Washington Column - Skull Queen C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Skull Queen
C2 5.8, Washington Column

Skull Queen.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
13
C2 5.8
3 Star Rating
Washington Column - Re-animator A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Re-animator
A3 5.8, Washington Column

The steepest route on the Column.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
11
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
Washington Column - Ten Day's After A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Ten Day's After
A3 5.8, Washington Column

A series of steep corners lead to an exposed face.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
13
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
South Central
C2 5.9, Washington Column


Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
12
C2 5.9
3 Star Rating
Quantum Mechanic Washington Column
13
5.13a
3 Star Rating
Ribbon Fall Wall - Gold Wall C2 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Gold Wall
C2 5.9, Ribbon Fall Wall


Photo:Chris McNamara
Ribbon Fall Wall
10
C2 5.9
4 Star Rating
Mt. Watkins - South Face C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
South Face
C2 5.8, Mt. Watkins


Photo:Nabeel Atique
Mt. Watkins
19
C2 5.8
5 Star Rating
Lost Arrow Spire - Lost Arrow Spire Tip 5.12b or 5.7 C2 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lost Arrow Spire Tip
5.12b or 5.7 C2, Lost Arrow Spire

One of the most spectacular summits in Yosemite.
Photo:Corey Rich
Lost Arrow Spire
2
5.12b or 5.7 C2
5 Star Rating
Lost Arrow Spire - Lost Arrow Spire Direct C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lost Arrow Spire Direct
C2 5.8, Lost Arrow Spire


Photo:Chris McNamara
Lost Arrow Spire
16
C2 5.8
5 Star Rating
Liberty Cap - Southwest Face C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Southwest Face
C2 5.8, Liberty Cap


Photo:Chris McNamara
Liberty Cap
11
C2 5.8
4 Star Rating
Leaning Tower - West Face C2F 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
West Face
C2F 5.7, Leaning Tower

The West Face of Leaning Tower.
Photo:Corey Rich
Leaning Tower
11
C2F 5.7
4 Star Rating
Leaning Tower - Wet Denim Daydream A3 5.6 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Wet Denim Daydream
A3 5.6, Leaning Tower

The steepest cliff in the Park.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Leaning Tower
10
A3 5.6
3 Star Rating
Leaning Tower - Jesus Built My Hotrod A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Jesus Built My Hotrod
A4 5.7, Leaning Tower


Photo:Chris McNamara
Leaning Tower
9
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
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