Dark Side Dome Rock Climbing
Climbers on The Imperial March (5.10b)
The west face of Dark Side Dome is a nice place to find a wide variety of face climbs, mostly on nice feldspar knobs. The north end has plenty of easy face climbs on knobs with lots of bolts including Spaceballs 5.5, Dark Side of the Force 5.7, Pebble Beach 5.9R, and Imperial March 5.10. The south end has more face climbs like Voice of the Crags 5.10, Shot in the Dark 5.10, Batteries Not Included 5.11, Who's the Bosch 5.8.
Dark Side Dome is along Cathedral Creek, about 1 mile downstream from Daff Dome along the approach to Hammer Dome. Park at the lower Daff Dome parking area near the creek. Hike northwest down the short hill to the creek. Cross the creek and follow a very faint trail along the north side of the creek west. You may need bug spray... About 10 minutes past the very obvious River Wall a low angled golden slab that faces southeast is followed up and north to the west face of Dark Side Dome. Approach time is about 30 minutes and very pretty. There is a small lake at the base. This is at GPS 11 S 286220 4195690 NAD 36 CONUS.
Climbing Season For the DAFF Area area.
Weather station 11.0 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Dark Side Dome
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dark Side Dome:
Spaceballs 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
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Batteries Not Included 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a CA
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Even steeper giant knobs! Too bad the steep bit isn't longer.Just right of a pair of beautiful trees, look for a fixed pin in a left facing roof/corner thing. Undercling out right and power past large steep knobs and four bolts. Lower angle 5.4 runout past two more bolts.Pretty sustained from the pin to the third bolt with a definite crux moving past the first bolt....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
First view of Dark Side Dome when approaching from...
End of another perfect day in Tuolumne - hike out ...
Half way up the hill, and Dark Side Dome is still ...
Slab and boulders lead the way to Dark Side Dome. ...
Dark Side Dome with small lake in foreground
By Justin Johnsen
Jul 21, 2015
Apparently the dark side was not strong in me! My friends and I wandered out but turned around just shy of the wall. We mistook the first bolted wall next to the approach trail for "River Wall" in the directions, and scrambled up on top of the actual River Wall based on that mistake.
Does anyone know the name of that first (landlocked non rivery) climbing wall on the Hammer Dome trail, just west of Daff?
I adjusted the MP area page GPs coords to center on the small lake, which seems to be the key landmark!
Also, from satellite photos the climbing wall appears to face northwest.
We'll find it next time.
By Ed Henicle
Jul 24, 2015
It took us ~20 min to get to River Wall at a leisurely pace, and then another ~40 min to get to Dark Side Dome from River Wall - so an hour approach, not 30 min. 5 star hike!
By Justin Johnsen
Jul 29, 2015
Yes thanks Todd, I picked up the Reid and Falkenstein guide, and that's Micro Dome!