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Pothole Dome  


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Description 

The low, sloped dome directly across from Fairview Dome. Often covered by tourists scurrying up the low angle out of the meadow.

Getting There 

This dome is just west of the store and campground, on the north side of the road. It slopes directly out of the meadows. Park in the turnout and follow the trail to the left, around the perimeter of the meadow (don't cut across, it's protected!).

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.3 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pothole Dome:
Pot Luck   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR   
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Grant Hiskes on "Pot Luck", 1980. <br />Photo by Blitzo.

Pot Luck 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Pothole Dome
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By kenr
Aug 5, 2014
Where things are ...
The main parking for Pothole Dome is by an open field on its S side (GPS latitude longitude ~ N37.8768 W119.3943).

Alternate parking (GPS lat long ~ N37.8802 W119.3966) at a pullout on N side near the top of a hill about a quarter mile NW from the main parking.

Summit of the Dome is about (GPS lat long ~ N37.8805 W119.3939)

The Left Top-Rope bolt anchors (for climbs 1 and 2), three of them (GPS lat long N37.8814 W119.3939) are on the NNW side of the Dome, due N about 100 yards from its summit. The base of the climbing rock below them is at around (N37.8816 W119.3942), about 30 yards SE from a pond in the woods.

Potluck climb (GPS lat long ~ N37.8803 W119.3942) is on the W side of the Dome, roughly 50 yards SW from the summit. About 150 yards S from the Left TR, and 150 yards N from the Right TR.

The Right Top-Rope bolt anchors, three of them (GPS lat long ~ N37.8788 W119.3945) are on the SSW side of the Dome, about 200 yards SSW from its summit. The base of the climbing rock below them is at around (lat long ~ N37.8787 W119.3948).

Finding it ...
Right Top-Rope base: From the main parking, walk about 100 yards NW on the trail around the west end of the open field. Enter the woods and head N about 100 yards around the base of the southwest side of the dome.

To reach the Right Top-Rope bolt anchors: From the main parking, walk about 100 yards NW on the trail around the west end of the open field. Then roughly E or NE about 50 yards and start climbing up on class 3 rock, then NNW about 100 yards upward and/or traverse on class 3 rock to a gentle area above the TR base and below a higher flat area.

Potluck climb: From the main parking, walk about 100 yards NW on the trail around the west end of the open field. Enter the woods and head N about 250 yards up the hill around the base of the southwest side of the dome. A little before the top of the uphill, look up R and see overhanging crack at the top of a partial cave.

Potluck from the Alternate parking: Follow narrow unmarked trail ENE about 200 yards, becomes steeper uphill to reach rock face of west side of Pothole Dome. Look right (SE) a bit higher to see the overhanging crack.

Left Top-Rope base from Alternate parking:
Follow narrow unmarked trail ENE about 200 yards, becomes steeper uphill to reach rock face of west side of Pothole Dome. Turn left and walk downhill North about 100 yards. The climbing rock is on the right just before seeing a pond in the woods NW to the left. Most of the climbing rock is class 3, but see at its top a steeper layer about 20 feet high.

The TR bolt anchors are above East set back a ways from the top edge. They can be reached from the base by walking about 100 yards north, then scrambling up class 3 E then walking S on the rock.

Left TR from Main parking: Walk about 100 yards NW on the trail around the west end of the open field. Enter the woods and head N about 300 yards uphill around the base of the southwest and west side of the dome. After reaching the top of the uphill, continue N downhill about 100 yards.
By kenr
Aug 6, 2014
Class 5 climbing sections on Left TR anchors 1 and 2 are around 15-25 feet. The rest of each pitch is at most class 4 (many climbers would call it class 3).

Our feeling was the class 5 moves were pretty interesting, just wish there had been more.

On the other hand the approach is short and easy (if don't get confused by the SuperTopo guidebook directions like we did), so perhaps the limited climbing is worth it.

Some ideas for how to get more out of those short class 5 sections:
  • do it in a approach shoes (at least up to 5.9?)
  • try down-climbing each line.
? maybe could get additional lines w TR protection by using long static lines attached diagonally up to two top anchors ?

  • practice down-climbing the class 3-4 stuff (faster?)

One guidebook suggests that the Right TR anchors have less steep less-featured rock more consistently friction climbing.