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Castle Dome - 4th class route T X
Dike Route (aka East Face), The T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
NW Ridge T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
North Face - Castle Dome T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C0

Description

This trad dome feels of the Sierra, though it's in the Cascades. At about 1,000 feet tall, there are routes for climbers of all abilities on all sides of the rock. Climbing and rock are in some cases excellent, and in other cases quite terrifying.

All routes decend of the hiking trail, which is a 15 minute third class scramble down some frictiony surfaces on the West side of the rock heading back to the observation deck.

There are no access issues, and you can camp closeby if you don't feel like making the trek back to the car at night.

Getting There

Hike the VERY long and steadily uphill Castle Crags path from the Vista Point parking area. Hike 2.7 miles to the observation deck, and the west face of the rock will be in front of you in all it's glory.

Many routes start on the other side of the rock, and there are many approaches and strategies to getting to those.

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