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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 - Sea of Dreams A4 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Sea of Dreams
A4 5.9, El Capitan

Sea of Dreams is route number 18.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A4 5.9
4 Star Rating
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 - Mescalito A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Mescalito
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Mescalito is route number 15.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
26
A3 5.8
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Dihedral Wall A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Dihedral Wall
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Dihedral Wall is route number 2.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
26
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Iron Hawk A4 5.10 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Iron Hawk
A4 5.10, El Capitan

Iron Hawl is route number 22.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
26
A4 5.10
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Atlantic Ocean Wall A4 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Atlantic Ocean Wall
A4 5.9, El Capitan

Atlantic Ocean Wall is route number 21.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
25
A4 5.9
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - South Seas A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
South Seas
A4 5.8, El Capitan

South Seas is route number 16.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
24
A4 5.8
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - The Cosmos A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Cosmos
A4 5.7, El Capitan

The Cosmos is route number 3.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
24
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
Half Dome - Regular Northwest Face 5.12 or 5.9 C1 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Regular Northwest Face
5.12 or 5.9 C1, Half Dome

The Regular Northwest Face.
Photo:Mark Kroese
Half Dome
23
5.12 or 5.9 C1
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Wyoming Sheep Ranch A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Wyoming Sheep Ranch
A4 5.8, El Capitan

Wyoming Sheep Ranch is route number 20.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
23
A4 5.8
3 Star Rating
Half Dome - Direct Northwest Face 5.14a or 5.10 C2+ - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Direct Northwest Face
5.14a or 5.10 C2+, Half Dome

The Direct Northwest Face.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Half Dome
23
5.14a or 5.10 C2+
4 Star Rating
Half Dome - Tis-sa-ack A3 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Tis-sa-ack
A3 5.9, Half Dome


Photo:Chris McNamara
Half Dome
22
A3 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Reticent Wall A5 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Reticent Wall
A5 5.7, El Capitan

Reticent Wall is route number 13.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
21
A5 5.7
4 Star Rating
Half Dome - Zenith A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Zenith
A4 5.8, Half Dome

The first part of the route is hidden.
Photo:
Half Dome
21
A4 5.8
4 Star Rating
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