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dpsiebertNE Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2014

dpsiebert

Agree, keeping to the climber's right in the gully is easier, less bushwhacking.
Posted Aug 14, 2014 2:00 am

ReyNE Gully
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2014

Rey

Great hike with a tough, fast, & fun meetup club. We were rewarded with excellent views and no other company but us. Due to the drought there were just a few patches of snow & ice but those Jeffries on top were green and still hanging on.
Posted Jan 20, 2014 3:58 am

fedakNE Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2007

fedak

1 year anniversary hike after breaking my ankle the year before.
Hit Sierra Point on the way up before ascending the NE Gully.

Pics and commentary are here.
Posted Jul 16, 2013 12:00 pm

calipidderNortheast Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2013

calipidder

Probably the best approach ever, didn't even care if we got to the summit. Falls are peaking and we left early enough in the morning to avoid the crowds on the Mist trail. Found our solitude steps off the trail out of LYV. Fun day, great views.
Posted Apr 15, 2013 9:05 pm

tyler4588Great Fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2013

tyler4588

Good little peak! Here's my trip report.
Posted Apr 3, 2013 1:06 pm

mrchad9Changed my life  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2013

mrchad9

More later.
Posted Apr 3, 2013 3:03 am

WayneFryNE Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2013

WayneFry

Climbed with a team of eight. Great views on top and some interesting looking trees.
Posted Apr 2, 2013 12:16 am

dkangasNE Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2012
Had a couple of hours to stretch the legs. Fantastic views all the way around!
Posted Nov 25, 2012 12:14 am

Bob BurdNE Gully  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Sometime before 1994, climbed with brother Tom.
Posted Apr 18, 2012 11:17 am

tyler4588Winterish Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2012

tyler4588

Climbed up from the valley. No snow at all on the way up. Strange winter. Got really warm climbing. It's like summer. Fun summit! Awesome views!
Posted Jan 29, 2012 6:43 pm

SKIBushwack!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2011

SKI

Skirted the shoulder of LC before cutting in. The best way is to stay to the climber's right of the summit heading South. Views were okay...
Posted May 8, 2011 10:41 pm

edevartNE Gully Quickie  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2009

edevart

Quick trip up the relatively empty JMT to Liberty Cap. ONly saw two other parties between Happy Isles and the summit (the way down was another story...crowds and crowds...and I was worried there for a second...) Great views of Little Yosemite and back down to the Valley. No register on top.
Posted Apr 30, 2009 7:50 pm

desmo13Relaxing climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2008

desmo13

Nice climb to grab some views after doing the slabs the day before
Posted Jul 9, 2008 9:14 pm

metasyn11NE Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2007

metasyn11

It was easy enough to find my way from the JMT, although there are a myriad of use trails (many with recent footprints) all over the NE side of the dome. I had a nice little nap with accompanying sunburn on the summit before descending via the notch between Liberty Cap and Mt Broderick. In the snow remaining in the notch, I saw footprint evidence of a bear glissading :)
Posted Apr 11, 2007 8:10 pm

Peak BaguetteRoute: NE Gully, Date: 01.20.07  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2007

Peak Baguette

Yet another beautiful view of Yosemite - made the bushwacking and falling in snow up to waist well worth it. Even made a snow angel off of the JMT on my way back.
Posted Jan 21, 2007 7:03 pm

brianhughesNortheast Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2006

brianhughes

Beautiful hike in the newly fallen snow. Saw only two other people all day long on the hike up from the Happy Isles trailhead. Yosemite in winter is a much different experience than the summertime tourist zoo.
Posted Dec 21, 2006 4:37 am

Fredd C DobbsRoute Climbed: NE Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2006

Fredd C Dobbs

A little bushwhacking, a little scrambling, rewards one with great views in all directions, plus weathered Jeffery Pines, reminiscent of the one that expired on Sentinel Dome. The most amazing thing though, especially for Yosemite in June is there was no one else on the summit!
Posted Jun 4, 2006 1:45 am

Smithman123Route Climbed: Via Mist Trail Date Climbed: September 12, 2005  Sucess!

Smithman123

I didn't find much information about the route to climb Liberty Cap, but not much was necessary. I took the Mist Trail past Vernal and Nevada Falls which were running low, but still were an impressive sight. From the intersection of the Mist Trail with the JMT just beyond the top of Nevada Falls, I continued about 1/4 mile till I could see the plateau to the NE of the summit of Liberty Cap. There are some light trails here and there, and there are cairns marking the trail from here if you can spot them. In either case, it is rather easy to find a way to this broad barren area at about 6500'. See the TOPO! 3D map I uploaded for some perspective of the route. From here, looking SW, you will see the scrambling gully covered in shrubs heading up Liberty Cap. Again, it is possible to find light trails now and then, but any route works, some just require more bushwacking. I ascended the climbers left side of the gully, and descended on the opposite side. Both routes are not difficult, but use some caution because there are areas where it would be tough to stop yourself once you lost footing. The view from the top is awesome with Half Dome looking to the North, and the Yosemite Valley to the West. I highly recommend a hike up Liberty Cap. Despite seeing a couple hundred people on the trial along the way, not a single person was on the summit, and the light trails didn't show any footprints.
Posted Sep 16, 2005 7:56 pm

ASteeleRoute Climbed: NE Gully Date Climbed: May 24, 2005  Sucess!

ASteele

Left Backpacker's camp around 11 am, heading for JMT. Lots of crowds going to the Mist Trail, but JMT was comparatively empty. Made good time to the top of Nevada Fall, then found a good use trail (NOT the 50' one) over the shoulder of the ridge. This trail brought me basically to the base of the slabs and bushes below the gully. No problem routefinding up to the summit--it came up quicker than I expected. Great, snowy views over the high country. Only sat on top for a few minutes before heading back down for work. Missed the good trail on the descent and ended up doing some sucky bushwacking. Finally back down JMT and to camp with 45 minutes to spare before my shift started. Excellent hike!
Posted May 25, 2005 3:54 pm

blmcclainRoute Climbed: Mist Trail to NE Gully Date Climbed: 15th May, 2005  Sucess!

blmcclain

Got a late start (3:40 P.M.!) out of Curry Village. Battled the crowds all the way up Mist Trail to Vernal Falls. They seemed to drop off after that. Made the top of Nevada Falls in and hour and a half from Curry. Headed up the JMT and saw the Libert Cap saddle mentioned by Burd. Some weak use trails headed in the general direction but still had a bit of bushwacking. Made the saddle and headed up the gulley. Took the LHS of the gulley, should have taken the RHS, easier climb. There was little snow but great views of Nevada and Vernal Falls - not to mention the Emerald Pool. Enjoyed the sunset for about 20 min. from the summit and returned to Curry Village by 8:30 p.m. Great hike, ~ 9 mi. round trip.
Posted May 15, 2005 6:22 pm

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