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Calaveras Dome Area

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Calaveras Dome 
Hammer Dome 

Calaveras Dome Area 


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 38.4939, -120.2172 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 22, 2006
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Description 

Calaveras Dome and surrounding areas are near Salt Springs Reservoir, on the Mokelumne River, to the southwest of Lake Tahoe.

This area offers excellent multi-pitch free climbs and a few grade V big-wall routes.


Getting There 

Take Ellis Road from Hwy. 88, south to the area. Another route is the road past Ham's Station.


12 Total Routes


['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',4],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Calaveras Dome Area:
Wings and Stings   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad   Hammer Dome
Gemini Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   Hammer Dome
Sands of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 11 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome
Old Smokey   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 7 pitches   Calaveras Dome
Sea of Holes   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad   Hammer Dome
Smoke Screen   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Hammer Dome
War of the Walls   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13     Trad, Grade IV   Calaveras Dome
Squeaks of Gold   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   Hammer Dome
Silk Road (High Times)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c PG13     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome
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A topo of the all the various starts. (Modified version of the topo in the Cottrell guide)

Silk Road (High Times) 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c PG13  CA : Sacramento Valley/Foothills : ... : Calaveras Dome
An under-rated classic. If this climb was in Yosemite there would be lines of people waiting to get on it daily. Many pitches could be linked with a 70 meter rope, and multiple link ups with other climbs are possible. Pitch 1 and 2 – 5.11. Start up the face below a roof, just left of the crack system in the corner. 80 ft – 5.10c. Than a short 5.11 pitch on bolted slab. Traverses to climber’s right and shares the first belay with first pitch of Sands of Time. It is also possible to climb Sands of...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Kent Schmitz on, Stairway Crack.5.11c
Kent Schmitz on, Stairway Crack.5.11c
Beautiful afternoon light over Cal Dome and Hidden Dome on a crisp December day. <br />photo by S. Giffin
Beautiful afternoon light over Cal Dome and Hidden...
Hammock Bivi on Calaveras Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Hammock Bivi on Calaveras Dome.
Photo by Blitzo.
Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome.
Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome...
Mike Corbett jugging with a haul bag on "Warlord"-Calaveras Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mike Corbett jugging with a haul bag on "Warlord"-...
"Warlord". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
"Warlord".
Photo by Blitzo.
Climber on, Sea Of Holes. 5.10a. Hammer Dome.
Climber on, Sea Of Holes. 5.10a. Hammer Dome.
Monica leading the perfect corner, p5, of Silk Road, Cal Dome.
Monica leading the perfect corner, p5, of Silk Roa...
Looking down pitch 2 of Banzai
BETA PHOTO: Looking down pitch 2 of Banzai
Looking up pitch 3 of Banzai with new bolts
BETA PHOTO: Looking up pitch 3 of Banzai with new bolts
Abel linking pitches 2 and 3 of Silk Road.
BETA PHOTO: Abel linking pitches 2 and 3 of Silk Road.
Top of pitch 3 of Banzai
BETA PHOTO: Top of pitch 3 of Banzai
Screwing around up on the Silver Streak Slabs.
Screwing around up on the Silver Streak Slabs.
Pitch 1 of Sands of Time
Pitch 1 of Sands of Time
Calaveras Dome.
Calaveras Dome.
Caroline Duell on the classic 5.8 fingers pitch of Gemini Cracks (Hammer Dome)
Caroline Duell on the classic 5.8 fingers pitch of...
Calaveras Dome.
Calaveras Dome.
Charley Epperson leading the 2nd pitch of "Panic at the Pumps) 5.10a II on Sergent Rock
Charley Epperson leading the 2nd pitch of "Panic a...
Rained out on Hammer Dome. 5/2013.  <br /> <br />Photo: Dave Stallard
Rained out on Hammer Dome. 5/2013.

Photo: Dave S...
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By Bryan G
From: San Jose
Oct 25, 2011

Clint Cummins's website offers a great resource for this area.

www.stanford.edu/~clint/caldomes/index.htm