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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
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 - 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
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
Liberty Cap - Southwest Face C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Southwest Face
C2 5.8, Liberty Cap


Photo:Chris McNamara
Liberty Cap
11
C2 5.8
4 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
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
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
South Central
C2 5.9, Washington Column


Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
12
C2 5.9
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
Washington Column - Skull Queen C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Skull Queen
C2 5.8, Washington Column

Skull Queen.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
13
C2 5.8
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Shortest Straw A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Shortest Straw
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Shortest Straw is route number 28.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Sea of Dreams A4 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Sea of Dreams
A4 5.9, El Capitan

Sea of Dreams is route number 18.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A4 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Scorched Earth A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Scorched Earth
A4 5.8, El Capitan

Scorched Earth
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
15
A4 5.8
4 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
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