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Yosemite Valley, rock-climbing paradise  
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Yosemite's Best Free Climbing Routes
When rock climbers die, they can only hope that they end up in a place as perfect as Yosemite Valley. The weather is great, cracks flawless and beauty unsurpassed. As a general rule of thumb, Yosemite climbs tend to be steep, smooth, and sustained. Below you will find our list of the 100 finest single and multi-pitch climbs in Yosemite Valley. Use the below chart to see which routes are available on the SuperTopo web site or use this chart to compose your dream tick-list of Yosemite classics.

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Sentinel Rock - Circular Staircase 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Circular Staircase
5.8, Sentinel Rock


Photo:Ed Hartouni
Sentinel Rock
8
5.8
3 Star Rating
Bridalveil Falls - Bridalveil East, Aqua Variation 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Bridalveil East, Aqua Variation
5.8, Bridalveil Falls


Photo:Clint Cummins
Bridalveil Falls
8
5.8
3 Star Rating
Glacier Point Apron - Goodrich Pinnacle, Right 5.9 R - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Goodrich Pinnacle, Right
5.9 R, Glacier Point Apron


Photo:Chris McNamara
Glacier Point Apron
7
5.9 R
5 Star Rating
Middle Cathedral - Kor-Beck 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Kor-Beck
5.9, Middle Cathedral


Photo:Chris McNamara
Middle Cathedral
7
5.9
3 Star Rating
Half Dome - Blondike 5.11b R - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Blondike
5.11b R, Half Dome

Blondike is the red line and Two Hoofers is the Blue Line.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Half Dome
7
5.11b R
3 Star Rating
Half Dome - Two Hoofers 5.12 or 5.10b A0 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Two Hoofers
5.12 or 5.10b A0, Half Dome

Two Hoofers follows the blue line.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Half Dome
7
5.12 or 5.10b A0
3 Star Rating
Manure Pile Buttress - After Six 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
After Six
5.7, Manure Pile Buttress

After Six is the left start.
Photo:Todd Snyder
Manure Pile Buttress
6
5.7
4 Star Rating
Manure Pile Buttress - After Seven 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
After Seven
5.8, Manure Pile Buttress

After Seven is the starting variation on the right.
Photo:Todd Snyder
Manure Pile Buttress
6
5.8
4 Star Rating
Lower Cathedral Spire - South by Southwest 5.11a - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
South by Southwest
5.11a, Lower Cathedral Spire

View from near the base.
Photo:Randy Spurrier
Lower Cathedral Spire
6
5.11a
4 Star Rating
The Folly - Good Book 5.10d - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Good Book
5.10d, The Folly

The Folly after recent rockfall, 2000.
Photo:Todd Snyder
The Folly
6
5.10d
5 Star Rating
Pohono Pinnacle - North Face 5.6 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
North Face
5.6, Pohono Pinnacle


Photo:Ed Hartouni
Pohono Pinnacle
6
5.6
2 Star Rating
Manure Pile Buttress - Nutcracker 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Nutcracker
5.8, Manure Pile Buttress

Nutcracker offers six pitches of clean and aesthetic jams.
Photo:Todd Snyder
Manure Pile Buttress
5
5.8
5 Star Rating
Middle Cathedral - Central Pillar of Frenzy 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Central Pillar of Frenzy
5.9, Middle Cathedral

Central Pillar is considered one of the best climbs on Middle Cathedral.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Middle Cathedral
5
5.9
5 Star Rating
Higher Cathedral Spire - Regular Route 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Regular Route
5.9, Higher Cathedral Spire

The route winds up the left skyline to the summit. The traditional start is lower on the left.
Photo:Randy Spurrier
Higher Cathedral Spire
5
5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - El Cap Tree 5.7 C2 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
El Cap Tree
5.7 C2, El Capitan

An adventurous 4 pitches of climbing.
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
5
5.7 C2
3 Star Rating
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