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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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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
El Capitan - Scorched Earth A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Scorched Earth
A4 5.8, El Capitan

Scorched Earth
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
15
A4 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Aurora A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Aurora
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Aurora climbs just left of Tangerine Trip
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
South Central
C2 5.9, Washington Column


Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
12
C2 5.9
3 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
El Capitan - Lurking Fear C2F 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lurking Fear
C2F 5.7, El Capitan

Lurking Fear is route number 1.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
19
C2F 5.7
4 Star Rating
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