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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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Route Name Formation Review
El Capitan - Pacific Ocean Wall A3 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Pacific Ocean Wall
A3 5.9, El Capitan

Pacific Ocean Wall is route number 17.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A3 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Wall of Early Morning Light A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Wall of Early Morning Light
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Wall of Early Morning Light is route number 14.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - New Dawn A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
New Dawn
A3 5.8, El Capitan

New Dawn is route number 12.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
28
A3 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Excalibur A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Excalibur
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Excalibur is route number 4.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
28
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Tribal Rite A4 5.5 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Tribal Rite
A4 5.5, El Capitan

Tribal Rite is route number 11.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
29
A4 5.5
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Son of Heart A3+ 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Son of Heart
A3+ 5.8, El Capitan

Up the right side of The Heart.
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
29
A3+ 5.8
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - The Shield A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Shield
A3 5.8, El Capitan

The Shield is route number 7.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
30
A3 5.8
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Triple Direct C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Triple Direct
C2 5.8, El Capitan

Triple Direct is route number 9.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
30
C2 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - The Nose 5.14a or 5.9 C2 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Nose
5.14a or 5.9 C2, El Capitan

The Nose—the best rock climb in the world!
Photo:Mark Kroese
El Capitan
31
5.14a or 5.9 C2
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Magic Mushroom A3 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Magic Mushroom
A3 5.7, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
31
A3 5.7
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Sunkist A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Sunkist
A3 5.8, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
31
A3 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Muir Wall A2 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Muir Wall
A2 5.9, El Capitan

The Muir Wall is one of El Cap's greatest natural lines.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
33
A2 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Salathe Wall 5.13b or 5.9 C2 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Salathe Wall
5.13b or 5.9 C2, El Capitan

The Salathé Wall ascends the most natural line up El Cap.
Photo:Mark Kroese
El Capitan
35
5.13b or 5.9 C2
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Freerider 5.12D - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Freerider
5.12D, El Capitan

The Salathé Wall ascends the most natural line up El Cap.
Photo:Mark Kroese
El Capitan
35
5.12D
5 Star Rating
El Corazon
5.13b, El Capitan


Photo:
El Capitan
35
5.13b
5 Star Rating
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