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Dome Rock is a fantastic crag that is in close proximity to the Needles themselves. For me, it served as my introduction to the area -- I spent two days climbing and lustily taking in the breathtaking views of the Needles themselves before climbing there. I highly recommend spending time at Dome Rock during any extended trip to the Needles.
From the junction of FS-21S05 (the access road into the Needles) and CR-107, head south 3 miles and turn east on FS-21S69. This road takes you past campsites and almost to the summit of Dome Rock itself. Most climbs are approached by scrambling down from a point near the summit to the (skier's) left. It is possible to rap in from the summit with double ropes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Dome Rock:
Tree Route 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Left Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 450'
Close To The Edge 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13 Trad, Sport, 3 pitches
Unknown, South of Tree Route 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 100'
Arwen 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R Trad, 4 pitches, 350'
Sanitarium 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Sport, TR, 80'
Anti-Jello Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 550'
Windjammer 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b R Trad, 3 pitches
Red Mushrooms 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13 Trad, 3 pitches
Tobin's Dihedral 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 380'
Between Nothingness and Eternity 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c PG13 Sport, 3 pitches
Just Barely 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c PG13 Trad, Sport, 90'
Vicious 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
The Good Samaritan 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
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Tobin's Dihedral 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CA : The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock
Eye-popping 200-foot tall dihedral.P1 (5.10++, 160 feet): Fifty feet of endurance laybacking (with VERY slippery feet) leads to a no-hands rest out on the face. Eighty more feet of easier laybacking with excellent footholds leads to a class-4 trough. Belay thirty feet higher on a small ledge, where the class-4 section ends.P2 (5.9, 120 feet): Continue up the dihedral to the top of the giant pillar. Runout face climbing leads up and left to a bolted belay. From here, easy fifth class leads to ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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