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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
Aquarian Wall El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
4 Star Rating
Atlantic Ocean Wall El Capitan
25
A4 5.9
3 Star Rating
Aurora El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
Dihedral Wall El Capitan
26
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
Direct Northwest Face Half Dome
23
5.14a or 5.10 C2+
4 Star Rating
Eagles Way El Capitan
19
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
East Ledges Descent El Capitan
4
n/a
4 Star Rating
El Corazon El Capitan
35
5.13b
5 Star Rating
Excalibur El Capitan
28
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
Flight of the Albatross El Capitan
21
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
Freerider El Capitan
35
5.12D
5 Star Rating
Gold Wall Ribbon Fall Wall
10
C2 5.9
4 Star Rating
Golden Gate El Capitan
35
5.12D
5 Star Rating
Grape Race El Capitan
12
5.9 A2 or C3
2 Star Rating
Horse Chute El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
3 Star Rating
Iron Hawk El Capitan
26
A4 5.10
4 Star Rating
Jesus Built My Hotrod Leaning Tower
9
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
Lost Arrow Spire Direct Lost Arrow Spire
16
C2 5.8
5 Star Rating
Lost Arrow Spire Tip Lost Arrow Spire
2
5.12b or 5.7 C2
5 Star Rating
Lost in America El Capitan
16
A4 5.10
4 Star Rating
Lost World/Squeeze Play El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
3 Star Rating
Lunar Eclipse El Capitan
18
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
Lurking Fear El Capitan
19
C2F 5.7
4 Star Rating
Magic Mushroom El Capitan
31
A3 5.7
4 Star Rating
Mescalito El Capitan
26
A3 5.8
5 Star Rating
Muir Wall El Capitan
33
A2 5.9
4 Star Rating
Native Son El Capitan
17
A4 5.9
4 Star Rating
Never Never Land El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
4 Star Rating
New Dawn El Capitan
28
A3 5.8
4 Star Rating
North America Wall El Capitan
27
A2 5.8
4 Star Rating
Pacific Ocean Wall El Capitan
27
A3 5.9
4 Star Rating
Prow Washington Column
12
C2F 5.6
4 Star Rating
Quantum Mechanic Washington Column
13
5.13a
3 Star Rating
Re-animator Washington Column
11
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
Regular Northwest Face Half Dome
23
5.12 or 5.9 C1
5 Star Rating
Reticent Wall El Capitan
21
A5 5.7
4 Star Rating
Salathe Wall El Capitan
35
5.13b or 5.9 C2
5 Star Rating
Scorched Earth El Capitan
15
A4 5.8
4 Star Rating
Sea of Dreams El Capitan
27
A4 5.9
4 Star Rating
Shortest Straw El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
Skull Queen Washington Column
13
C2 5.8
3 Star Rating
Son of Heart El Capitan
29
A3+ 5.8
3 Star Rating
South Central Washington Column
12
C2 5.9
3 Star Rating
South Face Washington Column
10
C1 5.8
4 Star Rating
South Face Mt. Watkins
19
C2 5.8
5 Star Rating
South Seas El Capitan
24
A4 5.8
5 Star Rating
Southwest Face Liberty Cap
11
C2 5.8
4 Star Rating
Sunkist El Capitan
31
A3 5.8
4 Star Rating
Tangerine Trip El Capitan
18
A2 5.8
4 Star Rating
Ten Day's After Washington Column
13
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
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