Yosemite’s granite cliffs and peaks are a haven for rock climbers, and the park has played an undeniable role in the advancement and evolution of the sport. Once thought to be unclimbable, granite monoliths including Half Dome and El Capitan have now hosted record-breaking solo, free and all-female climbs.
Climbing history continues to be made in Yosemite. And the allure of tackling the park’s big walls attracts climbers from all over the world. If you are one such climber, this resource hub is designed to equip you with all the information and tips you need to climb safely — protecting yourself and your park.
Know Before You Go
- In 2022, all climbers staying overnight on big wall climbs in Yosemite are required to have a wilderness climbing permit.
- If you are doing a day climb, you don’t need a wilderness climbing permit.
- Learn how to get an overnight climbing permit here.
- A reservation is required to drive into Yosemite National Park during peak hours (6 am – 4 pm) from May 20 through September 30, 2022. If you have a climbing permit, you do not need an additional peak hours reservation. Learn more about the 2022 peak hours reservation system here.