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
29 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',2],['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 5.10a 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 Seal 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a NC
: Looking Glass Rock
: North Side
The route takes the beautiful arching crack just around the corner from Cornflake crack on the North Face. The arching crack ranges from 5.9 fingers at the bottom to an offwidth through the top of the arch over to the anchors. As I recall, the gear is excellent and there are plenty of stems on the lower part of the route. The crux is a strenous move or two through the offwidth ending in a lovely thin traverse to the anchors. The route continues as an aid climb for a couple of additional pitches....[more] Browse More Classics in NC
The Late Cool Doc Bane rapping off the north side ...
The North Side, from Cornflake Crack ledge. Climbe...
From the trail. Looks intimatating for someone vis...
BETA PHOTO: From the trail.
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