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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 - 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
El Capitan - The Secret Passage 5.13c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Secret Passage
5.13c, El Capitan


Photo:Nico Favresse
El Capitan
19
5.13c
4 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
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 - Tribal Rite A4 5.5 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Tribal Rite
A4 5.5, El Capitan

Tribal Rite is route number 11.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
29
A4 5.5
4 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
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 - West Buttress A3 5.9 or 5.13c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
West Buttress
A3 5.9 or 5.13c, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
20
A3 5.9 or 5.13c
2 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 - West Face 5.11c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
West Face
5.11c, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
15
5.11c
3 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
El Capitan - Wyoming Sheep Ranch A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Wyoming Sheep Ranch
A4 5.8, El Capitan

Wyoming Sheep Ranch is route number 20.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
23
A4 5.8
3 Star Rating
Half Dome - Zenith A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Zenith
A4 5.8, Half Dome

The first part of the route is hidden.
Photo:
Half Dome
21
A4 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Zenyatta Mondatta A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Zenyatta Mondatta
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Zenyatta Mondatta follows a steep line about 200' left of Zodiac.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
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