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Calaveras Dome Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 38.48742, -120.22818 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: John Robinson, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 22, 2006
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BETA PHOTO: 1. Sands of Time 5.9 IV 2. Wall of the Worlds 5.10...

Description 

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, but...

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 10 feet 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.

Climbing Season

For the Calaveras Dome Area area.

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',2],['5.10',3],['5.11',6],['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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 9 pitches   
Silk Road (High Times)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Calaveras Dome

Featured Route For Calaveras Dome
Rock Climbing Photo: Monica leading the perfect corner, p5, of Silk Roa...

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...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Calaveras Dome Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Hammock Bivi on Calaveras Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Hammock Bivi on Calaveras Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Calaveras Dome-East Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Calaveras Dome-East Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: "Warlord". Photo by Blitzo.
"Warlord". Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Corbett jugging with a haul bag on "Warl...
Mike Corbett jugging with a haul bag on "Warl...
Rock Climbing Photo: Banzai- Jay Smith Topo
BETA PHOTO: Banzai- Jay Smith Topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Calaveras Dome from across the valley
Calaveras Dome from across the valley
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Rock Climbing Photo: Here is the start of the trail coming off the road...
BETA PHOTO: Here is the start of the trail coming off the road...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down pitch 2 of Banzai
BETA PHOTO: Looking down pitch 2 of Banzai
Rock Climbing Photo: Abel leading Tsunami
Abel leading Tsunami
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up pitch 3 of Banzai with new bolts
BETA PHOTO: Looking up pitch 3 of Banzai with new bolts
Rock Climbing Photo: 212
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Rock Climbing Photo: Top of pitch 3 of Banzai
BETA PHOTO: Top of pitch 3 of Banzai
Rock Climbing Photo: 217
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Rock Climbing Photo: Monica leading a sport route under the rainbow arc...
Monica leading a sport route under the rainbow arc...
Rock Climbing Photo: 219
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Rock Climbing Photo: Finishing up the Emerald
Finishing up the Emerald
Rock Climbing Photo: Cal Dome RIght Side- Jay Smith Topo
BETA PHOTO: Cal Dome RIght Side- Jay Smith Topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Dain starting up the dike
Dain starting up the dike
Rock Climbing Photo: Cal Dome with Hidden Dome poking out behind.
Cal Dome with Hidden Dome poking out behind.

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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.
By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
Aug 20, 2014
Thanks M, included your description.
By WadeM
Nov 3, 2014
Climbed on Hammer yesterday. Cal Dome gets no sunlight this time of year

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