After Six

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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After Six


  • Climbers gearing up at the base of After Six.- After Six
  • The crux section of After Six on the first pitch.- After Six
  • After Six is located in the middle of Yosemite Valley, serving up spectacular views along the entire route. - After Six
  • Third pitch.- After Six
  • Third pitch.- After Six
  • Climbers vantage, third pitch.- After Six
  • Gearing up for the fourth pitch.- After Six
  • Consulting the topo.- After Six
  • Fifth pitch.- After Six
  • The sixth and final pitch.- After Six
  • View looking east after topping out on Manure Pile Butress.- After Six
  • Climber's descent down an adjacent gully.- After Six
  • Manure Pile Buttress from below. After Six follows the crack and face system just left of center.- After Six
  • - After Six
Overview + Weather
Half-day 5.7 free climb. Easy walk-off descent.
Potential for line to form at base on crowded weekends.
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
Recommended Equipment:
Harness / rope / anchors, Additional ice tools
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade IV
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,000.00 ft (1,219.20 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


After Six is a six-pitch 5.7 Yosemite classic that has long been a favorite among the less time-committing group of free climbs in Yosemite Valley. Located on the western end of Manure Pile Buttress, the climb is popular with those looking for one of the easier Yosemite routes (it's a good introduction to Yosemite 5.7 multi-pitch traditional climbing) or for a climb that takes less than a full day's commitment. The route ascends 600 feet up the granite slabs of Manure Pile Buttress in a series of low angle cracks and face sections. Large belay ledges are frequent throughout and offer plenty of spots to break for a snack and enjoy the spectacular Yosemite Valley view. Below is a brief description of the climbs six pitches:

  • First Pitch: A lengthy 5.7 crack/corner where the crux of the climb is encountered approximately 30 feet off the ground. The crux sustains its difficulty throughout the middle section of the pitch.
  • Second Pitch: A third class scramble up to a belay notch below a larger crack.
  • Third Pitch: A 5.5 climb up the wide crack slightly heading right to another belay ledge.
  • Fourth Pitch: A 5.4 climb/scramble over a series of ledges to a large belay ledge.
  • Fifth Pitch: A beautiful, exposed 5.6 pitch with clean, nice rock and crack climbing lower on the pitch that transitions into face climbing on the upper section of the pitch.
  • Sixth Pitch: A 5.6 face that climbs to the top of Manure Pile Buttress.

The descent trail is accessed by a couple of minimal-exposure scrambling moves off the back (back and to the left) side of the buttress. 

Since After Six is close to the road, has excellent belay benches/trees/anchor options, and has a quick hiking descent to the car down the adjacent gully, the climb can be done within a few hours or a half day.

For a full technical description of the climbing route, we recommend using SuperTopo’s Yosemite Valley Free Climbs.

Thanks to climbers Raph Dunn and Nathan Ptacek.

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