Royal Arches (Yosemite)

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Royal Arches and Washington Column surmounted by North Dome.

The Royal Arches refers to a cliff containing natural occurring granite exfoliation arches, located below North Dome and rising above Yosemite Valley, in Yosemite National Park, California. (37°44′54″N 119°34′08″W / 37.74840°N 119.569°W / 37.74840; -119.569Coordinates: 37°44′54″N 119°34′08″W / 37.74840°N 119.569°W / 37.74840; -119.569).

The Royal Arches are located on the north side of the valley, northeast of the Ahwahnee Hotel. Adjacent to the Royal Arches is the Royal Arch Cascade waterfall.

Rock climbing

The Royal Arches, like much of the Yosemite area, feature a great choice of rock climbing sites. The "Royal Arches" climbing area spans from the Church Bowl to Washington Column. The Royal Arches Route is recognized in the historic climbing text Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.[1]

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  1. ^ Roper, Steve; Steck, Allen (1979). Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. ISBN 0-87156-292-8.