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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.
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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 E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 350'
Safari Arete (extension) 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
The Seal 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
Pooter the Poacher 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
Invisible Airwaves 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b A2 Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 240'
Creatures of Waste 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b A3 Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 300'
Killer Whales 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Cornflake Crack 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
The Womb 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
The Guillotine 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Safari Jive 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Safari Jive Double Direct 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 170'
Bombelay 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Extra Crimpy Chicken 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
Whitney's Excellent Route 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
Waverly Waster 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Kahntian Ethics 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Waste Not, Want Not 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
The Glass Menagerie 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c PG13 Trad, 7 pitches, 900'
Featured Route For North Side
The Seal 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a NC : Looking Glass Rock : North Side
The route takes the beautiful arching crack just around the corner from Cornflake crack on the North Face. The arching crack ranges from 5.9 fingers at the bottom to an offwidth through the top of the arch over to the anchors. As I recall, the gear is excellent and there are plenty of stems on the lower part of the route. The crux is a strenous move or two through the offwidth ending in a lovely thin traverse to the anchors. The route continues as an aid climb for a couple of additional pitches....[more] Browse More Classics in NC
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