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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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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
Higher Cathedral - Northeast Buttress 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Northeast Buttress
5.9, Higher Cathedral

Northeast Buttress of Higher Cathedral is one of the best Grade IV climbs in the Valley.
Photo:Greg Barnes
Higher Cathedral
11
5.9
5 Star Rating
Five Open Books - Commitment 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Commitment
5.9, Five Open Books

Commitment takes the cleanest cracks of the Five Open Books.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Five Open Books
3
5.9
4 Star Rating
Royal Arches Area - Super Slide 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Super Slide
5.9, Royal Arches Area


Photo:Chris McNamara
Royal Arches Area
5
5.9
3 Star Rating
Sunnyside Bench - Jamcrack 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Jamcrack
5.9, Sunnyside Bench

Jamcrack is the line in the right.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Sunnyside Bench
2
5.9
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
Lower Cathedral Spire - Regular Route 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Regular Route
5.9, Lower Cathedral Spire

Climber on the first pitch with the route above.
Photo:Greg Barnes
Lower Cathedral Spire
5
5.9
2 Star Rating
Swan Slab - Grant's Crack 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Grant's Crack
5.9, Swan Slab

Swan Slab offers the highest concentration of short, moderate routes in Yosemite.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Swan Slab
1
5.9
3 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
Glacier Point Apron - Marginal 5.9 R - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Marginal
5.9 R, Glacier Point Apron


Photo:Chris McNamara
Glacier Point Apron
4
5.9 R
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - La Cosita, Left 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
La Cosita, Left
5.9, El Capitan

The base routes are scattered to the left of the SE Buttress.
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
1
5.9
4 Star Rating
Reed's Pinnacle - Regular Route 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Regular Route
5.9, Reed's Pinnacle


Photo:Chris McNamara
Reed's Pinnacle
3
5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - La Cosita, Right 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
La Cosita, Right
5.9, El Capitan

The base routes are scattered to the left of the SE Buttress.
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
1
5.9
4 Star Rating
Arch Rock - Entrance Exam 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Entrance Exam
5.9, Arch Rock


Photo:Chris McNamara
Arch Rock
2
5.9
3 Star Rating
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