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The West: Yosemite National Park — Tuolumne Meadows
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The West: Yosemite National Park — Tuolumne Meadows

Close to Yosemite’s east entrance and away from the crowded Valley, Tuolumne’s massive domes and scattered boulder fields make it one of the most dynamic climbing areas in the West. The knobby granite and mild summer temps are unique to this section of the park. Peaceful and packed with challenges. “When someone says Tuolumne, I think of alpine lakes, slabby domes, and cool summertime climbing, but the best part is how relaxing it is compared to the Valley,” Hunter says. “No crowds, so you can take your time.”

Closest Town: Lee Vining, California
Grade Range: 5.6 – 5.13 , V0 – V13
Notable Routes: 473
Classics: Southeast Buttress of Cathedral Peak (5.6), On the Lamb (5.9), Bombs Over Tokyo (5.10c), Blues Riff (5.11b/c), Kauk Problem (V5), Cellulite Eliminator (V7)
When to Visit: May-October

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