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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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lava Dome:
Lava Lamp 5.4 Trad, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Mauna Loa 5.9 Trad, 50 feet
The Right Hand of Light 5.10c Trad, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Mauna Kea 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Hot Flashes 5.11b Trad, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Featured Route For Lava Dome
The Right Hand of Light 5.10c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Lava Dome
This is a challenging route that will reward careful inspection of all resources available! The crux comes at the beginning and creative use of counter pressure and body position will be helpful. Higher up the route is easier, but only by a letter grade or so....[more] Browse More Classics in CA