Condition of the main road up to CK is good. The town proper was spared. Not sure about the jeep road to the top of King Dome though.
When the Gladiator Fire hit that area, we were up there. The fire spread over Lincoln Ridge (basically where King Dome is) and spread from there. Leaving town, looking up at KD...the whole thing was on fire and we nearly had to pass through the flames to get down.
The area then got hit with massive monsoon action. Lincoln Ridge was hit with over 9" of rain in less than 12 hr period of time which subsequently washed out the main road for a few days. 19" total during a few months duration.
So, The jeep road may be rutted up pretty bad if one was to go to the top of King Dome to park. The good thing is, most of the gnarly scrub brush has been tamed because of the fire so scrambling up actually might be easier. There seems to be bigger pullouts at the base since they had to do so much road repairs over the monsoon season. As for the rock itself, it's been too hot over the summer to climb there yet so the condition of the rock and bolts is unknown. That was some pretty intense heat on the whole rock face so it could have caused some heating/cooling ex-foliation type rock splitting and erosion issues in a few places.
A reconnaissance mission would be in order...
Hi, does anyone on here know what's going on with King Dome and the Crown King area since the fire? I heard the area got ravaged but the people didn't know if the rock was damaged.
Ahh yes, I'd be curious too! My parents live in Prescott and I had forgotten what a great winter destination King Dome can be (weather permitting). The walls, views and climbing being so wonderful!
I hope the road and area survived the fires. While I'm thinking about it, a big thank you to Marty Karabin for all the trail work he did years ago leading to the crags; saving us all from some horrific bushwhacking!
Cybele, if you go let me know what you find out. Happy Holidays!
susan peplow From Joshua Tree Joined Jan 24, 2006 2,924 points
Wow, thank you for that intense, detailed portrait of the fire and then the heavy rain, and possible results. I am not sure that I will be the one to make the recon mission as I have never been there before!
Cybele From Sandy, Utah Joined Oct 30, 2008 191 points