Late Great Doc Bayne and Myself on Carolina Hog Fa...
People use words like "Yosemite" to describe the North Side, and this is definitely the home of Looking Glass' most serious and difficult climbing. For all but the most advanced climbers, aid is the style of climbing here. Signature North Side routes include Glass Menagerie and the Womb.
From the road fork, continue up the gravel road for about two miles, passing the Slickrock Falls trailhead and the Sun Wall kiosk/parking lot. After about another quarter-mile, look for a pullout on the right. Hike down from the parking lot to a clearing, then follow an old logging grade to the left a short distance to a footpath that cuts off to the right. Hike through the woods for about 20 minutes to finish at the base of Glass Menagerie.
Weather station 5.7 miles from here
32 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in North Side
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Side:
The Sperm 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 350'
The Seal 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
The Womb 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Safari Jive 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Bombelay 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Featured Route For North Side
The Glass I ( Pitch 1 ) 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c NC
: Looking Glass Rock
: North Side
Starts with a low angle hand crack and then climbs a face through small roofs. The climbing is techy and fun with a crazy span move for the crux. A must do for any North Side enthusiast. *One of the best hard free lines continues to the top after the first pitch at 5.13 but I have not climbed it yet and do not post about a route I have not free climbed.climbing.com/news/major-new-fr......[more] Browse More Classics in NC
The Late Cool Doc Bane rapping off the north side ...
BETA PHOTO: From the trail.
From the trail. Looks intimatating for someone vis...
Ryan Little on Brain Dead Taken from Creatures of...
An older scanned photo I took back in the early 90...
View of the glass from the north side parking lot
BETA PHOTO: North Side trail head
The North Side, from Cornflake Crack ledge. Climbe...
Barrett Pauer at the 2nd pitch anchors of Zombie Z...
From: western NC
Apr 30, 2016
Looks like the old rap tree at the top of P-3 of Cornflake and The Womb finally parted ways with the ledge. The bolted rap anchor that I put in (a few years back) to replace the tree is a bit more exposed to get to now -- the tree took out a good bit of earth -- so be careful on the traverse.