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Shared By: Steve Marr on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac


Jackson Creek Dome is another one of those rarely visited Colorado gems. Located south of Sadalia, this 300-foot granite dome is one of the centerpieces of the Jackson Creek group that includes other notable crags such as Devil's Head, Split Rock, and the Taj Mahal. The approach is rather long and follows several rough dirt roads and 4-wheel drive trails, but the reward is incredible friction climbing on immaculate slabs. The climbing at Jackson Creek Dome is characterized by 2-pitch bolted slab routes on the south face and a mix of cracks and slabs on the southeast face of the dome. The routes are generally in the 5.7 to 5.11 range. Most of the bolted routes are well protected with newer 3/8" bolts, but expect some long run outs over easier terrain. The bolts on many of the routes can be supplemented with small cams, TCUs, and Tri-Cams. There's climbing to be had at Jackson Creek year round; however, the access road is usually closed due to snow from November through April. During the summer months, Rampart Range Road and the one lane access road to the dome area are extremely popular with the 4-wheeler and dirt bike crowd, so be careful during your drive in. Typically, you will see them before they bother taking notice of you. The crag is high enough above the road to muffle most of the annoying buzzing sounds.

Getting There

From the town of Sadalia, head south on Colorado Highway 67 and follow it for about 10 miles to Rampart Range Road (Forest Road 300). Turn south on Rampart Range Road and drive another 14 miles to Forest Road 507 (Jackson Creek Road). This road can be a little difficult to find. Prior to the actual turn-off for Jackson Creek Road, there are a couple of misleading signs for the Jackson Creek and Devil's Head areas, so make sure you look along side the road and spot the Forest Service road markers (FR300 itself continues south to Woodland Park). Follow FR507, a rough, one-lane dirt road (a high-clearance vehicle is nice, but an old beater car would probably make it most of the way) for 4 1/2 miles to where it dead-ends at a washout next to a creek. As you are driving, the dome will be visible on your right hand side as you near the parking area. From the washout, cross the stream and pick up a faint trail that parallels the stream for a while before it turns and begins to head up the steep gravel slope. The top of the trail will deposit you beneath the southeast face. To reach the south face, continue past several climbs on the southeast wall, scramble up a short gully, through a notch, and then scramble down the backside to the south face. An alternate approach to the dome (best used during the winter months when Jackson Creek Road is closed or impassable) is found by taking Colorado Highway 105 south from Sadalia for about 6 miles to the intersection with Douglas County Road 38. County Road 38 becomes Forest Road 307 once you reach Pike National Forest. Follow 38/FR307 for another 7 miles to its intersection with FR502. Park here and hike a couple miles down the road to the trail.

Per Alex A: The directions are WRONG, cannot access from 507, gate is closed,(5/23/09) need to access from 502, come from Jackson Creek campground, drive till you can see the dome, the road makes a right turn, at the turn there's parking.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Jackson Creek Dome

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Astral Projection
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cold Frize
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Sport 2 pitches
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Sport
Cold Frize
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Consenting Adults
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
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This is a beautiful area once you get there, quiet and relaxing but I thought I was going to die when a motorcycle ran me off the approach trail. I found the slabby routes to be pretty lack-luster, like scary walkin Jan 25, 2002
pinchepaco Gomez
castle rock, co
pinchepaco Gomez   castle rock, co
I found Jackson Creek dome to be lame, I got a better workout hiking with my full pack than actually climbing. I guess it's a good easy place to get some exposure to easy multipitch climing. The area is beautiful and very peaceful. Nice area to camp. Jul 7, 2004
Alex A  
The directions are WRONG, cannot access from 507, gate is closed,(5/23/09) need to access from 502, come from Jackson Creek campground, drive till you can see the dome, the road makes a right turn, at the turn there's parking. May 23, 2009
Matt Monty
Denver, Colorado
Matt Monty   Denver, Colorado
We tried to access this area from the north (via suggested winter route) on 4/12/14. Most of the north sloping areas of the road are covered in thigh high snow. Portions of the old Jackson Creek Road is washed out and difficult to pass in snowy conditions. Access is doable, but be prepared for a long hike in snow that will keep you guessing if you're going in the right direction. Apr 13, 2014
Jacob Williams
Fort Collins, CO
Jacob Williams   Fort Collins, CO
I just got back from the dome this weekend, wouldn't recommend it for a day trip. It's a lot of driving on bumpy dirt roads for a "so-so" rock. If you made a weekend of it and camped out there, I would think it would be worth it. I went south down Rampart Range Rd and took a left on 27, went past the Jackson Creek campground. You park right before the road takes a hard right. Oct 20, 2014