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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 38.4939, -120.2172 View Map  Incorrect?
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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 

The fastest way to get there is via Ellis Road (Panther Road is significantly longer, and more dirt road). The road is mostly paved (though lots of potholes). There is one section where the road washed out, but it has been well repaired and is passable by any car type. The signage for the turnoff for Ellis Road off of 88 is not super-obvious (especially if you are heading west on 88)-- you are in the right place if you see bathrooms right by the turnout.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.4 miles from here

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+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Hammer Dome
Gemini Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   Hammer Dome
Sands of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 11 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome
Old Smokey   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 7 pitches   Calaveras Dome
Sea of Holes   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad   Hammer Dome
Smoke Screen   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Hammer Dome
War of the Walls   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 9 pitches   Calaveras Dome
Squeaks of Gold   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   Hammer Dome
Silk Road (High Times)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome
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Featured Route For Calaveras Dome Area
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- 23 E4 5c PG13  CA : Central Sierra : ... : 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

Photos of Calaveras Dome Area Slideshow Add Photo
Kent Schmitz on, Stairway Crack.5.11c
Kent Schmitz on, Stairway Crack.5.11c
Hammock Bivi on Calaveras Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Hammock Bivi on Calaveras Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
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...
Calaveras Dome.
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 "Warl...
Screwing around up on the Silver Streak Slabs.
Screwing around up on the Silver Streak Slabs.
"Warlord". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
"Warlord". Photo by Blitzo.
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
Climber on, Sea Of Holes. 5.10a. Hammer Dome.
Climber on, Sea Of Holes. 5.10a. Hammer Dome.
Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome.
Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome...
Pitch 1 of Sands of Time
Pitch 1 of Sands of Time
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 "Pa...
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.

stanford.edu/~clint/caldomes/i...
By mpech
Jun 15, 2014
Amazing area with superb rock climbing and almost no rock climbers. Most of the traffic in the area seems to be people BBQ'ing/hanging out in the river/etc...

To get there:
the fastest way to get there is via Ellis Road (panther road is significantly longer, and more dirt road). The road is mostly paved (though lots of potholes). There is one section where the road washed out, but it has been well repaired and is passable by any car type. The signage for the turnoff for Ellis road off of 88 is not super-obvious (especially if you are heading west on 88)-- you are in the right place if you see bathrooms right by the turnout.