Elevation: 10,198 ft
GPS: 36.782, -118.48 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Owen on Mar 7, 2006 · Updates
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Description

Beautiful dome in the Sierra backcountry. Home to, as RJ Secor called it, "one of the world's finest rock climbs."

Getting There

Two ways:

1) From Cedar Grove, east up Bubb's Creek trail then cut left (north) on faint-use trail up Charlotte Creek, 7.5 miles 4,500 ft elevation gain.

2) From Onion Valley, over Kearsarge Pass, down to Charlotte Lake, then down to Charlotte Dome: 8.5 mi to Charlotte Lake (2600ft gain in first 5mi to KP, 1400 loss next 3mi to CL), 3.5 mi from CL to the base of SF, CD. 13mi total, from OV parking lot to base of route.

8.5mi and 2100ft gain from walkoff of SF to top of KP, then 4mi downhill (2500ft descent). 12.5mi total to parking lot at Onion Valley   9.5 miles 3,500 ft elevation gain (on the way out! c2500 ft on the hike in).

You decide which way you want to go. Living in LA I favor the western approach (1); it's all downhill on the way out.

Campsites here are wonderful, in deep forest, and hopefully no one else around. Watch out for bears! Take precautions. Bear cannisters are mandatory on both approaches.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Charlotte Dome

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 12 pitches
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