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Lava Dome is a dark brown, ragged-looking, formation that sits at the southern end of the Towers of Uncertainty. It's not dome-like at all, it's actually steep on the north and west sides and has the look of frozen lava shooting up. The north side has 3 obvious cracks, while the west face is pretty smooth.
Once in the Towers of Uncertainty area, walk west from Crow's Next to Reef Rock with it's distinctive flat north face (many horizontal cracks). Just west of Reef Rock, head south in a river bed of soft sand. This is a cool walk. Snake past various close formations, heading south, until Lava Dome shows up on your left. It's one of the southernmost formations in this area.
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Lava Lamp 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Mauna Loa 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 50'
Mauna Kea 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Hot Flashes 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
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But Fear Itself 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Lava Dome
This is a cool route. It's steep and intimidating for the 5.8 leader, but once you're on it, nice footholds appear to the left of the crack.Pulling thru the steep crux, two-thirds up, is exciting and well protected with a large cam in the crack. The upper third, which looks like a hike from below, is interesting, too. Walk off the back....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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