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Calaveras Dome Area Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 38.4939, -120.2172 View Map  Incorrect?
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Kent Schmitz on, Stairway Crack.5.11c

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

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',5],['5.11',8],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Calaveras Dome Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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, 5 pitches   Hammer Dome
Smoke Screen   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Hammer Dome
War of the Walls   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 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
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 1 of Sands of Time

Sands of Time 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Central Sierra : ... : Calaveras Dome
Pitch 1 climbs through some funky wide stuff, 5.8. Has big bolted anchors.Pitch 2 goes through a roof to a bolted ledge. Fun double-crack jamming up higher in the slot and sweet face climbing over the roof characterize this pitch. Pitch 3 ends at a big ledge above.Pitch 4 is a short pitch w/ chimney.Pitch 5 reminded me of an upgraded version of the p3 finger crack on West Crack in Tuolumne. Has bolted anchors at top. One more pitch to the twelve o'clock ledge.Pitch 6 reminded me of various sec...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Calaveras Dome Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful afternoon light over Cal Dome and Hidden...
Beautiful afternoon light over Cal Dome and Hidden...
Rock Climbing Photo: Over View Of Calaveras Dome.
BETA PHOTO: Over View Of Calaveras Dome.
Rock Climbing Photo: "Fickle Finger" crack Deer Bridge Dome
"Fickle Finger" crack Deer Bridge Dome
Rock Climbing Photo: Screwing around up on the Silver Streak Slabs.
Screwing around up on the Silver Streak Slabs.
Rock Climbing Photo: Charley Epperson leading the 2nd pitch of "Pa...
Charley Epperson leading the 2nd pitch of "Pa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome...
Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rained out on Hammer Dome. 5/2013.   Photo: Dave S...
Rained out on Hammer Dome. 5/2013. Photo: Dave S...
Rock Climbing Photo: Calaveras Dome.
Calaveras Dome.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Calaveras Dome.
Calaveras Dome.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hammer Dome- Jay Smith Topo
BETA PHOTO: Hammer Dome- Jay Smith Topo

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By Bryan G
From: Yosemite
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.

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