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 Routes
['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated 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
Creatures of Waste 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
: Looking Glass Rock
: North Side
The 1st pitch is steep and fun with ample pro, and most climbers stop there. This pitch climbs like a sport route with gear and stays dry in the rain.P1, either start on a small slab ramp or uphill on a ledge system that leads to the flake midway up the climb. From the direct start, pull some thin moves to gain large ledge. Pull a small roof to gain the flake ramp. Follow the flake ramp to a blocky section with a bolt. Watch for loose rock here. Clip the bolt and move to the short finger c...[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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