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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 - 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
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
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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
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
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 - 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 - Flight of the Albatross A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Flight of the Albatross
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Flight of the Albatross is route number 6.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
21
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Eagles Way A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Eagles Way
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Eagles Way is route number 31.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
19
A3 5.8
3 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
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