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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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Administrators: M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 22, 2006
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Dain sending at Cal Dome

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


6 Total Routes


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

By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 20, 2014

Thanks M, included your description.