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Dark Side Dome

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Dark Side Dome  

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Location: 37.88397, -119.43086 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: john durr on Aug 8, 2008
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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.

Getting There 

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.

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Weather station 11.0 miles from here

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Dark Side Dome:
Spaceballs   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
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The Imperial March 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Dark Side Dome
A fun two pitch route with a plethora of bolts at the hard bit. A good route to get ready for Crying Time Again on Lembert.Easy 5th class face climbing up to a right arching corner with great gear. Follow this right and up past more flakes and gear to a short bit of face climbing past two great bolts to an uncomfortable bolted belay ~100 feet of easy 5.8.From the belay, fire up past closely spaced bolts on sustained, steep, small knobs for 50 feet. Move past this up to the right side of a sma...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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First view of Dark Side Dome when approaching from...
End of another perfect day in Tuolumne - hike out ...
End of another perfect day in Tuolumne - hike out ...
Half way up the hill, and Dark Side Dome is still ...
Half way up the hill, and Dark Side Dome is still ...
Slab and boulders lead the way to Dark Side Dome. ...
Slab and boulders lead the way to Dark Side Dome. ...
Dark Side Dome with small lake in foreground
Dark Side Dome with small lake in foreground

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By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
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 Todd Townsend
From: Bishop, CA
Jul 21, 2015
Maybe Micro Dome?
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
From: Sacramento, CA
6 days ago
Yes thanks Todd, I picked up the Reid and Falkenstein guide, and that's Micro Dome!
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