Type: Trad, 8 pitches, Grade III
FA: Royal Robbins, Liz Robbins, TM Herbert, 1964.
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Shared By: Blitzo on May 19, 2007 with updates from Mike Dahlquist
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Access Issue: Rockfall danger higher than usual on Glacier Point Apron Details
Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


Goodrich Pinnacle is seen up and left of Monday Morning Slab. A 700' exfoliation slab, with a distinct left-side. The right-side is only a side for the last 100'.
Start from the top of the Gob, a slabby formation a few hundred feet left of Monday Morning Slab and directly below the pinnacle.
Climb (5.5) above the Gob to a sandy Belay ledge.
Climb up and right between a dihedral and a white flake (5.7). Belay at the top of the flake.
Climb up to a to a left-diagonaling crack . At the cracks end, move up and right (5.8) to a belay ledge.
Climb up (5.7) to where a traverse right leads to a belay anchor.
Move up to a bolt, then move left (5.9) to the base of the right-side chimney.
Climb the chimney (5.7) to the top of the pinnacle.


Standard rack.


George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
This is a fun route with great slab climbing but also chimneying. It may seem runout if you are not used to it. Jun 4, 2007
vincent L.
Redwood City
vincent L.   Redwood City
Wonderful route. If it is at all wet on the glacier point apron, this route may well be wet. I was up near the fourth pitch which is kind of runout on a fixed pin that looked pretty old. I look up the wall above me and the slightest trickle of water was approaching, just like when you wash your car and the first bits of water start running down the gutter.

I did the friction moves wet, and after that the water just increased. The route was mostly wet. On the pitch before the final chimney, I believe it says you go straight up from the belay and past a few bolts, and the supertopo says it is 5.7 . These moves going straight up I feel are more like 5.10, if you clip one of those bolts, then traverse right a ways and then go up, you can keep it 5.7 .

Bring two ropes to rappel the route. Mar 2, 2008
Connect this with Galactic Hitchhiker for a wonderful 20+ pitch day. Jun 13, 2008
Sarah Kate
Seattle, WA
Sarah Kate   Seattle, WA
There is no "easy" way on the top pitch. You can do a weird double-right-angles-rope-drag-from-hell 5.9 (the right variation) or the absolutely-unprotected-but-easier-5.9 direct. After going up with a Yosemite virgin and a Yosemite old-timer, we both agreed that the direct (left) option was preferable. Jul 28, 2009
Jeff Edge  
Crack climbing pitches are fun and easy, and the 5.8 psychological crux was not bad at all so maybe I was off route on (the supertopo) pitch 5, but I traversed straight right from the p4 anchor, did not find a piton and barely made it to the two bolts (no rings) just below the "5.9 crux" and ".75 cam." The hard moves on this pitch felt far harder than the "5.9 crux" move and were very runout. If I hadn't been linking pitches I would've been looking at a 30 ft factor 2 pendulum fall, definitely not ideal. Last pitch chimney was fun and didn't require much actual chimneying. Didn't think the route was nearly as good as the supertopo guide makes it out to be. Oct 19, 2014
Climbed this a couple of weeks ago. Quite the experience! I thought I'd share some observations.

P1 and P2 are pretty forgettable. P3 was fun and cruisy, then the fun begins. On the start of P4 I didn't follow the left trending crack far enough. You get to a point where it pretty much has you traversing a fair way out left with a bolt in the distance and bare slab above. On the Supertopo topo the line looked straighter than this so rather than traverse out left I plugged a pretty decent small cam in and went straight on up. Don't do this! Keep going left to the bolt and then go up from there. What I did was ok but it does mean some pretty runout and heady moves are protected by small gear. Having safely reached the P4 belay we then had ring side seats as the leader of the party behind us did exactly what I did, only fell high above his gear on the runout bit. It was a nasty 50' fall. He was shaken and lost a fair bit of skin but to his credit composed himself and reclimbed the pitch. Given there is nothing you can do to improve your odds other than not falling, this was a good effort!

P5 felt very strange to me. I couldn't find the mystery piton or the .75 cam placement. In the end I just traversed up and way right from the P4 belay probably around 30 feet (felt like 100!) to two bolts (one old, one new) and from there up to a two bolt anchor (one with a ring/shackle). That initial right trending traverse is totally unprotected and it would be an unpleasant pendulum fall direct onto the anchor, certainly not factor 2 forces given the amount of sliding the leader would be doing but it wouldn't be fun. By this stage the wind was blowing hard and it was pretty chilly (we'd started in warm sunshine and I was under dressed). I climbed the first half of P6, past the three closely spaced bolts, and then down climbed and we bailed.

All in all a challenging and rewarding undertaking but take the R grading seriously and go in with your eyes open. If you're up for a challenge though then you'll have a ball. We did, albeit with the benefit of reflection and typing this from the safety of my couch back in Australia ;) Nov 8, 2014
michael s...
Denver, CO
michael s...   Denver, CO
My experience was the supertopo description for this climb is a bit of a sandbag. We found it to be more serious than anticipated. Apr 19, 2015
On pitch 5, if you're looking for the mystery piton it is about 15 feet directly above the belay station. You can't see it, but trust me it's there. Then traverse right to two bolts, then move up about 10 feet, place a 0.4 camalot in the only crack there, and move up the slab to the belay station. We bailed here because the upper pitches looked wet, and we found this climb to be more psychologically taxing than we wanted. Nov 14, 2016
Vlada Matena
  5.9 R
Vlada Matena  
  5.9 R
Great route. The last pitch (chimney) is longer than indicated in Supertopo. We used almost the entire 60m rope to get to the small ledge above the pinnacle. The rappel anchors are located on the pinnacle, not on the main wall (Supertopo shows the anchors incorrectly on the main wall). The anchors are barely visible from the small ledge. Oct 16, 2017