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Lava Dome

California > Joshua Tree NP > Queen Valley Area > Geology Tour Rd > Towers of Uncertainty
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details

Description

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.

Getting There

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.

Routes from Left to Right

5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 22
Nothing to Fear
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
But Fear Itself
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 7
Hot Flashes
Trad
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 20
Lava Lamp
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
Standing Ovation
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 2
The Right Hand of Light
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 23
Mauna Loa
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 20
Mauna Kea
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
Kona
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 4
Popo
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Nothing to Fear
 22
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
But Fear Itself
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Hot Flashes
 7
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Lava Lamp
 20
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Standing Ovation
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The Right Hand of Light
 2
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR
Mauna Loa
 23
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Mauna Kea
 20
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Kona
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Popo
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad

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Lava Dome area.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Lava Dome area. Photo by Blitzo.
Lave Dome, west face
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Lava Dome
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Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

[Hide Comment] Check out the three new routes on the west face.
a 3 bolt 5.9 super route.
a 5 bolt 10d or 11a to a 2 bolt anchor, 3star
a 10 a crack to the last two bolts of the prev route. sunny crag
bees poss in warm weather Mar 20, 2006
Brandt Allen
Joshua Tree, Cal
[Hide Comment] The 5.9 route on the west face is indeed super! Fun moves on excellent rock all the way. The 10a on the far right is also good, especially at the top where it joins the middle route.
All I can say about the middle route is that it looks hard!
Am I right in thinking these are Bob Gaines routes? What are the names? Dec 1, 2008
Bob Gaines
Joshua Tree, CA
[Hide Comment] Hi Brandt:

Posted all the beta on those routes. Nice rock quality on this little wall. The only caveat is that last year there were some very aggressive bees in the immediate area that scared several parties away. Dec 1, 2008
[Hide Comment] Really good day to be had here, you can get sun or shade with a flat base of operations.

Thanks Bob and Adam for the route updates. Feb 16, 2010
[Hide Comment] TM, I corrected the pictures and or the text associated with them Feb 16, 2010
Jeff Scofield
Yorba Linda, CA
[Hide Comment] Missed these comments! Went last time in winter we went yesterday Oct 6th Holy Crap was bee's a problem. Go in the winter! Oct 8, 2019