Jackson Creek Dome Rock Climbing
Routes in Jackson Creek Dome
|Alien Elite S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Astral Projection S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R|
|Cold Frize T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Cold Fusion S,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Consenting Adults S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Creature Comforts (aka Wild Thing) S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Energy Vortex T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Hot Rize S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Mr. Chips S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c|
|One Track Pony S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13|
|Out of Body Experience S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Out of Mind Experience S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Psychic Intuition S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R|
|Time Out S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R|
|Time Traveler TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Wild Weasel TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|GPS:||39.286, -105.064 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Steve Marr on Dec 31, 2000|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
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DescriptionJackson 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 ThereFrom 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 Andrews: 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.
Classic Climbing Routes at Jackson Creek Dome
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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