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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 - Lunar Eclipse A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lunar Eclipse
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Lunar Eclipse is route number 30.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
18
A4 5.7
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 - 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 - Horse Chute A3 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Horse Chute
A3 5.7, El Capitan

The route line for Horse Chute, El Capitan, A3 5.7
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
3 Star Rating
South Central
C2 5.9, Washington Column


Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
12
C2 5.9
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Lost World/Squeeze Play A3 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lost World/Squeeze Play
A3 5.7, El Capitan


Photo:
El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
3 Star Rating
Quantum Mechanic Washington Column
13
5.13a
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Tangerine Trip A2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Tangerine Trip
A2 5.8, El Capitan

Tangerine Trip is route number 25.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
18
A2 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
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
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
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 - 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
El Capitan - North America Wall A2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
North America Wall
A2 5.8, El Capitan

North America Wall is route number 19.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A2 5.8
4 Star Rating
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