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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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Half Dome - Snake Dike 5.7 R - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Snake Dike
5.7 R, Half Dome

Snake Dike follows an amazing feature to one of the most incredible summits in Yosemite.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Half Dome
8
5.7 R
5 Star Rating
Royal Arches Area - Royal Arches 5.10b or 5.7 A0 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Royal Arches
5.10b or 5.7 A0, Royal Arches Area

A surprisingly moderate passage on such a large wall.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Royal Arches Area
16
5.10b or 5.7 A0
5 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
Washington Column - Astroman 5.11c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Astroman
5.11c, Washington Column

Astroman takes a brilliant steep and clean line.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
11
5.11c
5 Star Rating
Middle Cathedral - East Buttress 5.10c or 5.9 A0 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
East Buttress
5.10c or 5.9 A0, Middle Cathedral

East Buttress is one of the 50 Classic Climbs of North America
Photo:Chris McNamara
Middle Cathedral
11
5.10c or 5.9 A0
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
Glacier Point Apron - The Grack, Center 5.6 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Grack, Center
5.6, Glacier Point Apron


Photo:Chris McNamara
Glacier Point Apron
3
5.6
5 Star Rating
The Rostrum - North Face 5.11c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
North Face
5.11c, The Rostrum

One of the finest multi-pitch 5.11 climbs anywhere.
Photo:Mark Kroese
The Rostrum
8
5.11c
5 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
Royal Arches Area - Serenity Crack 5.10d - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Serenity Crack
5.10d, Royal Arches Area

Serenity Crack follows elegant line up horrible pin scars.
Photo:Todd Snyder
Royal Arches Area
3
5.10d
5 Star Rating
Church Bowl - Bishop's Terrace 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Bishop's Terrace
5.8, Church Bowl

Church Bowl has on of the easiest approaches in the valley.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Church Bowl
2
5.8
5 Star Rating
North Dome - Crest Jewel 5.10a - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Crest Jewel
5.10a, North Dome

Crest Jewel follows a series of unique but hard to see features.
Photo:Chris McNamara
North Dome
10
5.10a
5 Star Rating
Royal Arches Area - Sons of Yesterday 5.10a - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Sons of Yesterday
5.10a, Royal Arches Area

Sons of Yesterday follows five pitches of great 5.10 cracks.
Photo:Todd Snyder
Royal Arches Area
5
5.10a
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Moby Dick 5.10a - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Moby Dick
5.10a, El Capitan

The base routes are scattered to the left of the SE Buttress.
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
1
5.10a
5 Star Rating
The Cookie Cliff - Outer Limits 5.10c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Outer Limits
5.10c, The Cookie Cliff


Photo:Todd Snyder
The Cookie Cliff
1
5.10c
5 Star Rating
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