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Calaveras Dome 

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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 38.48742, -120.22818 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 22, 2006
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Dain sending at Cal Dome


This is the big dome, south of the Mokelumne River. Its 1,500' face offers a variety of routes.

Descend by rappel or walking west, between Calaveras and Hidden Domes.

Watch out for poison oak.

Getting There 

The approach is obvious.

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Calaveras Dome:
Old Smokey   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 7 pitches   
Sands of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 11 pitches, 1000'   
War of the Walls   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Grade IV   
Silk Road (High Times)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   
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"War of the Walls" topo.

War of the Walls 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13  CA : Central Sierra : ... : Calaveras Dome
This climbs a line near the center of the North side of the dome.Start from a terrace and to the left of a right facing dihedral.Climb a 5.10a crack to a belay. Continue up the crack (5.10b) to a belay with two Bolts. These two pitches can be combined with a 60M rope.Move up a left leaning arch to a sling belay (5.10c).Climb a 5.8 crack and corner to a two bolt belay.A 5.9 corner is followed to a two bolt belay at it's end.Climb 5.9 face past two bolts, then up and right to a third bolt and hea...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Calaveras Dome Slideshow Add Photo
Dain starting up the dike
Dain starting up the dike
Abel leading Tsunami
Abel leading Tsunami
Monica leading a sport route under the rainbow arches at Calaveras.
Monica leading a sport route under the rainbow arc...
Calaveras Dome-East Face. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Calaveras Dome-East Face.
Photo by Blitzo.
Monica leading the Schizophrenic Dike under the Hyena Roof.
Monica leading the Schizophrenic Dike under the Hy...
Finishing up the Emerald
Finishing up the Emerald
Calaveras Dome from across the valley
Calaveras Dome from across the valley
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By mpech
Jun 15, 2014

"the approach is obvious"-- well yes, in that you can bushwack through poison oak just about anywhere to get to the dome...

A little more beta for how to approach the two most visited parts of Cal dome:
1) If you are climbing War of the Walls/Old Smokey area: drive over the bridge. Drive about a half mile to a mile, keeping an eye out for cement block with a metal pole on the left of the road. The trail to head up is about 10feet before this landmark.

2) if you are climbing sands of time/silk road area: go beyond the metal pole landmark (maybe 100-300 yard more?) Look for a kerns right by the road. Follow the trail till it hits cal dome. Continue on the trail left to the base of silk road/sands of time.