BETA PHOTO: 1. Sands of Time 5.9 IV 2. Wall of the Worlds 5.10...
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.
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.
Weather station 0.4 miles from here
12 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Calaveras Dome Area:
Featured Route For Calaveras Dome Area
Silk Road (High Times) 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
: 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
Local Information for Calaveras Dome Area
Kent Schmitz on, Stairway Crack.5.11c
Hammock Bivi on Calaveras Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Beautiful afternoon light over Cal Dome and Hidden...
Mike Corbett jugging with a haul bag on "Warl...
Screwing around up on the Silver Streak Slabs.
"Warlord". Photo by Blitzo.
Monica leading the perfect corner, p5, of Silk Roa...
BETA PHOTO: Looking down pitch 2 of Banzai
BETA PHOTO: Looking up pitch 3 of Banzai with new bolts
BETA PHOTO: Abel linking pitches 2 and 3 of Silk Road.
BETA PHOTO: Top of pitch 3 of Banzai
Climber on, Sea Of Holes. 5.10a. Hammer Dome.
Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome...
Caroline Duell on the classic 5.8 fingers pitch of...
Charley Epperson leading the 2nd pitch of "Pa...
Rained out on Hammer Dome. 5/2013. Photo: Dave S...
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.