Description

These awesome domes lie in the heart of the Wonderland of Rocks and sport some of the longest routes in the park, including possibly the most-famous J-Tree climb, Figures on a Landscape (aka Monkey on My Back) (very exciting 10b). The climbing is characterized by steep face climbing on small edges protected by bolts. Remember though, that these climbs were put up in the days of the bolt-on-lead ethic, and ARE NOT SPORT CLIMBS. Just because these routes aren't given an "R" (by tradition) doesn't mean you won't encounter significant runouts with dangerous fall potential: a small rack is usually useful to supplement the fixed gear on these routes. The majority of the routes on these domes face northeast and thus can be quite cold in the winter and see little sun. That being said a warm day in January brings ideal climbing conditions if you don't mind being a little chilly.

Guides for North Astro Dome claim it can be descended via two 75 foot rappels down the south side of the NE face, though we could not locate any anchors on the summit. We ended up descending the NW shoulder (exposed 4th class) and returned to our packs.

Getting There

Directions are difficult in the Wonderland. It is best to bring a good map to help locate the Astro Domes.

From the Barker Dam parking area, follow the trail north towards the Dam. When you reach the lakebed, continue north through the lakebed (if dry) or cross at the dam. Continue north through the Wonderland until you reach the enormous Don Juan Boulder. At this point veer towards the South Astro Dome and clamber up slabs to a notch which provides an excellent vantage point of the walls. Descend to the route of choice.

18 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at North Astro Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 21
Let Your Freak Flag Fly
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 20
Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 152
Figures on a Landscape (aka Monk…
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
Godsend
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
Chute to Kill
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 7
Astroturf
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 5
Unknown Soldier
Trad 2 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 3
Repo Man (aka Power Fingers)
Trad
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 6
Gunslinger
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Let Your Freak Flag Fly N Astro Dome - Southw…
 21
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Lead Us Not Into Temptation N Astro Dome - Southw…
 20
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Figures on a Landscape (aka… N Astro Dome - Northe…
 152
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Godsend N Astro Dome - Southw…
 8
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Chute to Kill N Astro Dome - Southw…
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Astroturf N Astro Dome - Northe…
 7
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad 2 pitches
Unknown Soldier N Astro Dome - Northe…
 5
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Repo Man (aka Power Fingers) N Astro Dome - Northe…
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad
Gunslinger N Astro Dome - Northe…
 6
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad 4 pitches
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