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.
Climbing Season For the Queen Mountain area.
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
The Bloodline 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Olympic Dome
Begin at the same spot as for Red Cross (5.12a) and clip the first bolt for that route. Traverse left past two more bolts until reaching the base of the left-slanting seam. One more bolt and a piton are at the base of the seam (11c to this point). Brilliant climbing on exquisite rock exists to the top. You will encounter a distinct crux (12) half way up the seam where a fixed #1 camalot is located. An ancient cactus is located on the ledge where the route ends. Maneuvering around the p...[more] Browse More Classics in CA