Lankin Dome Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Looking west at Lankin Dome
This is the high granite dome/peak seen to the north from the highway between Jeffrey City and Muddy Gap.
South side usually always sunny. Best climbing time in late spring/early Summer and Fall. Can be very, very windy. Incredible rock quality...granite. Wow. Very secluded, hour approach from any direction.
Can go in through Lankin Gap, but this is closed in March-June for grazing. Can be very wet, 4WDish in spots.
I prefer to approach from Agate Flat Road to the west. This way is open year round, except of course when it's drifted in with snow. Did I forget to tell you about winter out here? As in driving to Prudhoe Bay in February? Anyway,this road heads north from the highway between Jeffrey City and Muddy Gap. Drive to the second cattle grate past the Sweetwater River bridge, turn right and drive up the fence line on a sandy track that goes out left after a few hundred feet, heading toward a gap between the hills. Go through a gate and across a little swamp. Drive east to the second "road" that goes right, usually very beaten down by cattle with a salt lick here. Wander out this scratch in the dirt, can be a bit on the 4WD edge. Go to a patch of trees at the base of the hill west of Lankin Dome above. This is Nolan Pocket. Park here. Hike up slabs and stuff to the gap below the descent route on the west side. Walk down the gulch paralleling the south face, something of a trail here. Keep going until you see the big crack system splitting the center of the south side (Tree Route). Probably don't need 4WD to get in, Ed and I have gotten around out there in his little Mazda just fine and the sound of sagebrush and small stones rubbing the bottom of the truck is actually rather soothing. But, high clearance is pretty nice.
Takes about 45 mins to 1 hour to get from the car to the Tree Route, or so it seems.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 5.6 miles from here
9 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Lankin Dome
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lankin Dome:
Sky Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 5 pitches, 600'
Tree Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Star Jumper 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
PG13 Sport, 6 pitches, 700'
Featured Route For Lankin Dome
Venus and Mars 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a WY
: Sweetwater Rocks
: Lankin Dome
An outstanding route, but you have to really have it together (solid 5.9 leader) to keep your cool on the last pitch. This route starts in the sandy area below and right of the start to the Tree Route. A bolt will be seen about 25 feet off the ground on the slab. This is the only pro for the first pitch, which starts out 5.5 by the bolt but rapidly goes to class 4 as you ascend to a 2 bolt belay. The second pitch goes over a 5.8 wall above (bolts), then works up and left into a bowl (no pro)...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
Lankin Dome doing a 'Close Encounters' impersonati...
This shot just doesnt do the 50+ mph gusts justice...
Westside (can loop this sandy dirt road round the ...
A really nice spot. Lankin Dome behind.
Lankin Dome from the northeast.
Kimberly enjoying the summit pool!
Watch out for these critters!