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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 - 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
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 - Zodiac A2 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Zodiac
A2 5.7, El Capitan

1800' of fantastic climbing.
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
16
A2 5.7
5 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
Lost Arrow Spire - Lost Arrow Spire Tip 5.12b or 5.7 C2 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lost Arrow Spire Tip
5.12b or 5.7 C2, Lost Arrow Spire

One of the most spectacular summits in Yosemite.
Photo:Corey Rich
Lost Arrow Spire
2
5.12b or 5.7 C2
5 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 - 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
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
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
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
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 Corazon
5.13b, El Capitan


Photo:
El Capitan
35
5.13b
5 Star Rating
Golden Gate El Capitan
35
5.12D
5 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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