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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Liberty Cap:
Bad Moon Rising 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c A2 Aid, 14 pitches, 1500'
Scarface 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c A3 Aid, 13 pitches, 1500'
Southwest Face 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a C3- Aid, 11 pitches, 1200'
Turkey Shoot 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a A3 Aid, 14 pitches, 1600'
The Patriot Act 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a A3+ Aid, 13 pitches, 1500'
West Buttress route 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b A3 Aid, 14 pitches, 1500'
A Joint Adventure 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b A3 Aid, 8 pitches, 1000'
Direct Southwest Face route 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b A3+ Aid, 14 pitches, 1500'
Passport to the Sky 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c A1 Aid, 13 pitches, 1500'
Scarface (Free) 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b Trad, 12 pitches, 1500'
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Southwest Face 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a C3- CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Liberty Cap
There are many big wall grade V trade routes in the valley, from the West Face of Leaning Tower to the Prow to the South Face of Washington Column. Each of these has one thing in common: the Valley. If you'd like an experience just slightly off the beaten path, consider the Southwest Face of Liberty Cap. You'll be accompanied by views of the Merced River and Nevada Falls more so than people in cars looking up at you while you're looking down at them. Although the SW Face is slightly harder t...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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