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Glacier Point Apron

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
A Mother's Lament T 
Angel's Approach T 
Apron Jam T 
Cold Fusion T,S 
Coonyard Pinnacle T 
Cow-Center Route, The T 
Cow-Left Side, The T 
Cow-Right Side, The T 
Galactic Hitchhiker T,S 
Goblet, The T,TR 
Goodrich Pinnacle-Left Side T 
Goodrich Pinnacle-Right Side T 
Goodrich to the Oasis T 
Grack - Center, The T 
Grack - Left Side, The T 
Grack, Marginal, The T 
Grack, Right Side, The T 
Green Dragon T 
Hall of Mirrors T 
Hoppy's Favorite T 
Lonely Dancer T 
McPherson Struts T 
Monday Morning Slab, Chouinard Crack T 
Monday Morning Slab, Harry Daley Route T 
Monday Morning Slab, Left Side T 
Monday Morning Slab, Right Side T 
Mr. Natural T 
Patio Pinnacle, Regular Route T 
Point Beyond T 
Point Beyond Direct T 
Slamdance T 
Tightrope T 
Variation on a Theme T,TR 

Glacier Point Apron Rock Climbing 


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Description 

At the east end of Yosemite Valley rising up above Happy Isles lies a massive slab of beautiful granite that slopes up towards Glacier Point. This wall has some of the best slab climbing in the valley, and also some of the worst rock fall potential.

In 1999 Peter Terbush was killed by a massive rock fall while his two partners escaped with lacerations.

With that warning in mind Glacier Point offers moderate classic routes with a very short approach, and shouldn't be missed.

Getting There 

From the Happy Isles trailhead parking lot walk up the path towards Little Yosemite. After about five minutes you will see the Nature Center to the right of the trail. Shortly after the Nature Center follow a fairly good path to the right towards the slabs. This will take you up through the forest and rockfall to the base of the wall. The approach from the trail turn off takes about ten minutes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.2 miles from here

33 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',3],['5.8',4],['5.9',9],['5.10',7],['5.11',3],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Glacier Point Apron

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Glacier Point Apron:
The Grack - Center   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   
The Cow-Center Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Monday Morning Slab, Chouinard Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad   
The Cow-Right Side   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Point Beyond   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Monday Morning Slab, Harry Daley Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Point Beyond Direct   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 350'   
Angel's Approach   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Patio Pinnacle, Regular Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   
The Grack, Right Side   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
Apron Jam   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Coonyard Pinnacle   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
The Grack, Marginal   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
Goodrich Pinnacle-Right Side   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 8 pitches   
McPherson Struts   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Cold Fusion   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   
Lonely Dancer   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Mr. Natural   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
Galactic Hitchhiker   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 20 pitches, 4000'   
Green Dragon   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Following the first pitch of Green Dragon in April...

Green Dragon 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Glacier Point Apron
This is a killer route but seriously a deadly pendulum fall happened. Maybe the risk has been eliminated by retro bolting? Lower crux very polished face and friction and upper half has seems impossible set of off balanced mantle cruxes to the belay bolts. I did this in 1986. Then 1/4" bolts and got it on sight. Rock slide happened destroyed bolts and its been retro bolted....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Corbett belaying on the Apron, 1975. Photo by...
Mike Corbett belaying on the Apron, 1975. Photo by...
Rock Climbing Photo: Large rockfall on Glacier Point, fall 2008 as seen...
Large rockfall on Glacier Point, fall 2008 as seen...
Rock Climbing Photo: Washington Column, North Dome and Mt. Watkins from...
Washington Column, North Dome and Mt. Watkins from...
Rock Climbing Photo: the Apron
the Apron
Rock Climbing Photo: Apron, 70s
Apron, 70s
Rock Climbing Photo: The Apron in winter
The Apron in winter
Rock Climbing Photo: Apron Climbing in the 1970s. Photo by Blitzo.
Apron Climbing in the 1970s. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading a climb on Glacier Point Apron, 70s,  I do...
Leading a climb on Glacier Point Apron, 70s, I do...
Rock Climbing Photo: Showing Glacier Point Apron in relation to Happy I...
BETA PHOTO: Showing Glacier Point Apron in relation to Happy I...
Rock Climbing Photo: This is a route right of Shuttle Madness called Tr...
This is a route right of Shuttle Madness called Tr...
Rock Climbing Photo: GP Apron from Snake Dike...
GP Apron from Snake Dike...
Rock Climbing Photo: Will running it out a few pitches above the top of...
Will running it out a few pitches above the top of...

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By M.Morley
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
May 1, 2007
At approximately 6:52pm on Wednesday, July 10, 1996, a large block of granite, with an estimated mass of 184,000 tons, detached from the cliff between Washburn Point and Glacier Point. My friend Darin MacGillivray and I watched this happen as we were descending the Vernal/Nevada Falls trail after having climbed Snake Dike earlier in the day. The only fatality was a young man standing approximately 100 yards away from us on the bridge at the Happy Isles trailhead.

By rafael
From: Berkeley, CA
Mar 14, 2011
3/12/11 rockfall on the grack and marginal. I was rapping down between second and third rappel anchors from the top of Marginal and the Grack, rock fell on the ledge at the top of these climbs, luckily the ledge redirected the rock away from my party, but if someone was on the Grack or at the top they would have been injured or dead. This a supposedly 'safer' part of the Apron, but still dangerous. Scary.
By Stefano Prezioso
From: Denver, CO
Jun 7, 2012
Got off route on Marginal today, and am curious if anyone has any information about the climbing right of Marginal. Here's what we did.

About 20-30 feet right of the last bolt on the second pitch of Marginal is a bolted anchor. From this anchor, there is a bolt up and to the right. From that bolt, you can head straight up a very shallow (two inches), right facing dihedral for about 25 feet. Above the dihedral are two more bolts, and then trending up and to the right takes you two a belay ledge with a bush and bolted anchor. From this anchor, there is a bolt up and to the left below another shallow right facing dihedral. There are two fixed heads in the dihedral, and then a bolt above it. Up and to the left of this bolt is a very thin seam surrounded by very slick, water-polished rock. About 35 feet above the bolt, in the seam, is another fixed head. About 15 feet above this fixed head is another bolt, before heading up and left to a ledge system that trends left, and gains the easier dihedral system that takes you up and to the anchors atop of The Grack - Center, approaching these anchors form the right.

We are calling our 3rd pitch 5.9, maybe 5.9+, and our 4th pitch at least 5.10. Both pitches were runout, and the 4th pitch was VERY runout while also being on crux terrain. It was all friction/slab climbing.

We looked at The Grack - Right, but that line was further right than what we did. It's possible the Good Friday Ledge was the ledge we stopped at at the top of our 3rd pitch. Not positive.

If anyone has a clue as to what any of this climbing might have been, please let me know! We're very curious as to what we got ourselves into today. Thanks!
By Athan Burlotos
May 31, 2015
Found a piece of gear near the base of what I believe to be the Grack Right (5.9R) on 5/26/15. If you lost something email a description of the item to catawbaparadise@gmail.com

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