Olympic Dome Rock Climbing
Olympic dome from the wash.
Olympic Dome is simply one of the best crags on Queen Mountain, featuring excellent rock and high quality routes. You will find both steep, hard face routes such as Black Diamond
(12a) and Red Cross
(12a/b), as well as fine crack routes Icon
(5.10c) and The Bloodline
(12a). Most routes face south or southwest and are sunny most of the day.
Make your initial approach as per the Happy Hunting Ground area (Frontier Wall
, etc), but continue north along the main wash until it begins to veer a bit to the northwest and become a bit rocky. At this point, you should head right (east) into a tributary wash that opens up and eventually angles a bit to the northeast. Where this wash finally takes a distinct right turn (east-south-east) you will see Olympic Dome pretty much straight ahead (to the northeast); it is the right-most and higher formation on the hillside.
Turn somewhat left (leaving the main wash) and head over a rise and boulders into a small wash system that heads up and to the right of Olympic Dome. You will pass the Shark Fin while heading up this wash. Soon, you must scramble up boulders to the base of Olympic Dome, ending up near its right end, almost directly below Black Diamond.
Weather station 6.5 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Olympic Dome
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Olympic Dome:
Icon 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For Olympic Dome
Icon 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Olympic Dome
This clean, steep, somewhat right leaning crack would be crowded every day of the season if it were located closer to the masses. It is located on the steep southeast face of Olympic Dome just right of Black Diamond (5.12a); to get to the base of the route, some "Class 3" climbing is necessary.Though the crack appears fairly wide in spots, it has no dreaded offwidth sections and is an excellent route....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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