Elevation: 5,777 ft
GPS: 37.73, -119.567 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Lee Jensen on Sep 20, 2006
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details
Access Issue: Rockfall danger higher than usual on Glacier Point Apron Details

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Glacier Point Apron

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 567
The Grack - Center
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 67
Monday Morning Slab, Chouinard C…
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 249
Monday Morning Slab, Harry Daley…
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 76
Goodrich Pinnacle-Right Side
Trad 8 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 43
The Grack, Marginal
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 70
Apron Jam
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Hanging Pillar
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Day light to Midnight
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 15
Cold Fusion
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 14
Lonely Dancer
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 182
Mr. Natural
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Dr. Feel Good
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
 14
Green Dragon
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 11
Jericho Wall Free
Trad 8 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R
 4
Hall of Mirrors
Trad 16 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Grack - Center Grack Area
 567
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Monday Morning Slab, Chouin… Monday Morning Slab
 67
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Monday Morning Slab, Harry… Monday Morning Slab
 249
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Goodrich Pinnacle-Right Side Goodrich Pinnacle Area
 76
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 8 pitches
The Grack, Marginal Grack Area
 43
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 4 pitches
Apron Jam GPA - Right Side
 70
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Hanging Pillar Goodrich Pinnacle Area
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Day light to Midnight Goodrich Pinnacle Area
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Cold Fusion GPA - Right Side
 15
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Lonely Dancer GPA - Right Side
 14
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Mr. Natural GPA - Right Side
 182
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Dr. Feel Good GPA - Right Side
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Green Dragon GPA - Right Side
 14
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Trad
Jericho Wall Free Jericho Wall
 11
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 8 pitches
Hall of Mirrors Goodrich Pinnacle Area
 4
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R Trad 16 pitches
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M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
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.

May 1, 2007
rafael
Berkeley, CA
rafael   Berkeley, CA
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. Mar 14, 2011
Stefano Prezioso
Denver, CO
Stefano Prezioso   Denver, CO
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! Jun 7, 2012
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 May 31, 2015