Between the populous climbing destinations of Yosemite
and the Tahoe area
lies a more obscure section of the Sierra Nevada. It includes better known areas such as Table Mountain
and the Calaveras Dome Area
, as well as seldom visited or climbed mountain rock. Like all regions the span the breadth of the Sierra Nevada, it can be climbed in all seasons by moving to a currently comfortable elevation.
Much of this region falls within the boundaries of the Stanislaus National Forest
, including some overlapping wilderness areas at its borders.
The last major towns you'll pass on the west side of this region are where the three highways leave highway 49 in the Gold Country: Jackson (for highway 88 climbing areas), Angels Camp (for highway 4), and Sonora (for highway 108). All three are historic and thrive on tourism. You'll find food, gas, and at least basic outdoor supplies at all three. Sonora has at least one outfitter selling climbing gear.
Sonora Pass' Highway 108 has its own dedicated hard copy guide book, and a website
to supplement that.
The Carson Pass areas major climbing spots are kindly documented by Tim
at the Climb Highway 88 website
The three main trans-Sierra highways of Carson Pass (highway 88), Ebbetts Pass (highway 4) and Sonora Pass (highway 108) are used to reach these areas by visitors.
All three of these state highways close during the winter, in response to current conditions. See the Cal Trans website for these. State Road 4 conditions
. State Road 88 conditions
. State Road 108 conditions
Weather station 0.6 miles from here
119 Total Routes
['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',38],['2 Stars',46],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',2]
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War of the Walls 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
: 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