Elevation: 7,600 ft
GPS: 40.006, -105.395 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Closure / 2020 Update Details

Description

The Solar Dome is a small, non-descript crag uphill and a bit West of The Upper Security Risk. Really, it looks like a small, improbable blob with little to offer. In fact, The Solar Dome is a well-developed sport crag on short but typical Boulder Canyon granite. Most routes are under 70 feet in length and have been well-bolted. Surprisingly good climbing can be had for such short routes. Since the crag sits on top of the hill, it gets good sun all day long. However, it also picks up most of the bad weather blowing through Boulder Canyon. On a warm summer day, The Solar Dome is a great place to catch the rays and pick off a few good climbs. The climbing is largely 5.10 to 5.12, although a few very moderate lines have been installed. Presently, there are at least twenty routes in place with link-ups possible for many of these.

L->R:

A. Nimby, 7+, 1p, bolts.
B. Montana Floodgates, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
C. Burning Up The Hillside, 11-, 1p, 60' bolts.
D. Sundance, 11+, 1p, 50', bolts.
EDCB. The Homesteader Burns Up The Hillside, 12, 1p, 60', bolts.
E. The Homesteader, 11+, 1p, bolts.
FEDCB. Walking On Burning Floodgates, 12-, 1p, 80', bolts.
FE. Walking with the Homesteader, 10, 1p, 50', bolts.
F. Walking On The Sun, 12-, 1p, 45', bolts.
G. Altoids On The Beach, 8, 1p, bolts.
HI. Waves On The Beach, 10, 1p, 80', bolts.
I. Waves Of Rays, 10, 1p, bolts.
J. Nuns On The Beach, 11+, 2 starts, 1p, 60', bolts.
K. Kelp Bed Freak Show, 11-, 1p, 55', bolts.
L. Baditude, 10, 1p, bolts.
M. Howl Of A Hungry Cat, 10+, 1p, bolts.
N. Lady Of The Light, 12-, 1p, bolts.
O. Uptown Venus, 11-12, 1p, bolts.
P1. Fire Starter, 10 or 11, 1p, 50', bolts.
P2. Willie's Wake Up Call Girl, 11+, 1p, bolts.
Q. Morning Sunshine, 7, 1p, bolts.

Below:

AA. Lipstick Sunset, 12, 1p, 30', bolts.
BB. The Tanning Block, 11+, 1p, 40', bolts.
CC. Ice Hose Chopper Lunch Mob, 11-, 1p, 35', bolts.

Getting There

The most hassle free approach to The Solar Dome is to hike up from The Upper Security Risk crag. This adds about 10 minutes to the hike up from Boulder Canyon making the entire walk at least 45 minutes. In the past, it was possible to approach The Solar Dome from the North, parking on the hill just before it drops down to Dream Canyon parking. This entails crossing private land, which has caused some trouble in the past several years and is to be avoided if possible. That said however, we have used the Northern approach after first checking with the landowners.

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