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Liberty Cap  

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Elevation: 7,076'
Location: 37.72751, -119.53364 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: mucci on Apr 2, 2007
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Liberty Cap is located between Mt. Broderick and Nevada falls on the John Muir Trail. Climbing in such an iconic setting is just part of the draw to this dome. Warren Harding made his mark, right up the middle as usual, completing the First ascent of the SW face. It was on this ascent that the practice of drilling holes for upward progression(bathooking)was first used.

The stone is bullet hard Half Dome granodiorite. With it's many splitter cracks and huge corners, Liberty cap tends to be very cam friendly on most of the routes. The summit offers a 360 degree view of little yosemite valley, Mt. Starking, and the huge S. face of Half dome.

Getting There 

Begin by starting on the "Mist" trail which is the start of the JMT. You will follow the trail past Vernal Falls, across a bridge, where Liberty Cap finally comes into full view. As you make your way toward Nevada Falls, right when the trail touches the apron, you head climbers left along the base. Follow this down and around to the Western end of the formation.

A large diagonal approach ledge is gained at the far left end of the base. Great care is necessary along this ledge especially if you are shuttling gear. Many spots along the way are loose.

There is a rappel anchor located at the start of the SW face route. A 2 rope rappel to an intermediate anchor on the face , then another 2 rope rappel to the ground brings you to the base directly under the middle of the wall. Another option is to haul from these anchors if you fix 2 ropes down to the ground for your ascent.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.3 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Liberty Cap:
Southwest Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C3-     Aid, 11 pitches, 1200'   
Scarface (Free)   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 12 pitches, 1500'   
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Scarface (Free) 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Liberty Cap
Scarface now goes both free and clean. This route starts with a few hundred feet of dirty cracks before entering the clean white granite of the rock scar. The difficulty of this routes lies in the two 5.12 crux pitches, P5 and P8. The rest of the route is in the 5.10 to 5.11- range and climbs quite quickly.If the first few pitches clean up more this has the potential to be a great route. As it stands expect a little bit of foliage at the start and on the last pitch. All belays up to P9 have bol...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Liberty Cap, Nevada and Vernal Falls. Photo by Bli...
Liberty Cap, Nevada and Vernal Falls. Photo by Bli...
liberty cap and navada falls from JMT
liberty cap and navada falls from JMT
Liberty Cap, Half Dome and Nevada Falls as seen fr...
Liberty Cap, Half Dome and Nevada Falls as seen fr...
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Liberty Cap and Nevada Falls in February.
Liberty Cap and Nevada Falls in February.
Liberty Cap
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By burlap submariner
Apr 11, 2013
Anyone know of routes that exist on the north west(slabby) face of liberty cap?