The Best Rock Climbing in Yosemite Valley

Looking for the best rock climbing in Yosemite Valley? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Yosemite Valley. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top rock climbing spots in and near Yosemite Valley

  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Mirror Lake via Valley Loop Trail

    6.04 mi / 620 ft gain
    Mirror Lake via Valley Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Merced Lake to Half Dome Loop via John Muir, Pack and Cloud Rest Trails

    36.06 mi / 9045 ft gain
    Merced Lake to Half Dome Loop via John Muir, Pack and Cloud Rest Trails is a loop trail offering scenic lake and waterfall views loceated in Yosemite National Park, California.
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Rock Climb Penthouse Cracks, Yosemite NP

    The Penthouse Cracks in Yosemite Valley are a great introduction to crack climbing, in a safe environment. With fixed protection above the routes, you are able to safely top rope these climbs. Featuring a 5.8, two 5.10 climbs, and a 5.11, everyone can find something fun to try.Park at Yosemite Lo...
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Hike the El Capitan Trail

    5.0
    15 mi / 5662 ft gain
    Start on the Yosemite Falls trailhead and work your way up. Yosemite Falls can be anywhere from a huge flow to a slow trickle depending on the time of year. Hiking boots are absolutely necessary and hiking poles are a huge benefit. Say hello to rock climbers at the top as they finish their El Cap...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Rock Climb in Camp 4

    5.0
    Some of the best bouldering in Yosemite Valley is on these polished granite boulders. This is an incredibly popular spot, especially during the summer months because of the tourist season. There's a small parking lot for Camp 4, but if that fills up, you'll have to park elsewhere and either walk ...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Camp at Camp 4, Yosemite NP

    4.5
    Camp 4 is located in Yosemite Valley near Yosemite Valley Lodge. It's a popular spot for climbers as there is bouldering within the site. It's also located close to the Upper Yosemite Falls trail. Pets are not allowed. First come, first serve, $6/night. More info at https://www.nps.gov/yose/plany...
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  • Wawona, California

    Climb Hermaphrodite Flake to Boltway in Yosemite National Park

    This is a great 5.7/5.8 linkup for anyone looking for an intermediate climb in Tuolumne. Always read through beta on Mountain Project and Super Topo and having the book on hand is always a good idea. To find the route, this photo is super helpful. The flake is pretty obvious, it's the one feature...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Hike to Tuolumne Peak Plateau

    11.7 mi / 1800 ft gain
    The most direct route begins at Murphy Creek trailhead, on the north side of Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake. Walk north on Murphy Creek trail for 2.5 miles with minimal elevation gain. Polly Dome Lakes are a great side trip via the social trail on the right side of the trail before the first junctio...
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  • Tuolumne County, California

    White Wolf to Piute Creek and the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River

    22.67 mi / 4600 ft gain
    White Wolf to Piute Creek and the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Wawona, California.
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  • Madera County, California

    Crescent Lake to Buena Vista Lake

    5.29 mi / 1099 ft gain
    Crescent Lake to Buena Vista Lake is a point-to-point trail where you may see wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Wawona, California

    Tuolumne Meadow to Cathedral Pass

    8.07 mi / 1493 ft gain
    Tuolumne Meadow to Cathedral Pass Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Scramble Yosemite's Cathedral Peak

    3.0
    Start at Toulumne Meadows (8000 ft), and take the John Muir Trail, on the south side of Tioga Road. After about 1 mile, an unmarked trail will appear on your left – it is a less-traveled path, primarily taken by climbers. This trail will lead you away from Cathedral Lake to the back of Cathedral ...
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  • Wawona, California

    Cathedral Peak Southeast Buttress

    33.54 mi / 11037 ft gain
    Cathedral Peak Southeast Buttress is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Wawona, California

    Cathedral Peak Climber's Approach

    5.82 mi / 2379 ft gain
    Cathedral Peak Climber's Approach is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Tuolumne County, California

    Rock Climb Lembert Dome, Yosemite NP

    Lembert Dome stands out clearly as it is right along the road with a fairly large parking lot, about 1/4 mile past the Toulumne Store. There are multiple routes on this dome and for detail on all climbs, pick up the Tuolumne Free Climbs climbing guide. The area around this dome is gorogeous with ...
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Mt. Conness

    5.0
    19.03 mi
    This trip is best done as a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip making camp at Young Lakes, however it is possible to do it in a single day long haul. Start at the Lembert Dome Parking Lot and take the trail via the Dog Lake route towards Young Lakes. It's about 7 miles to the upper of the three You...
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