Elevation: 6,873 ft
GPS: 36.067, -118.529 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jun 18, 2006
Admins: Matthew Fienup, Muscrat, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Dome Rock is a fantastic crag that is in close proximity to the Needles themselves. For me, it served as my introduction to the area -- I spent two days climbing and lustily taking in the breathtaking views of the Needles themselves before climbing there. I highly recommend spending time at Dome Rock during any extended trip to the Needles.

Climbing at Dome Rock is quite varied but is generally vertical to sub-vertical routes of 1 to 4 pitches. There are crack systems and slabs, but one of the most amazing features of this rock are the incredible chickenheads and knobs. Classics include the Tree Route (5.6), Anti-Jello Crack (5.10a), Windjammer (5.10 R), Tobin's Dihedral (5.10+) and Between Nothingness and Eternity (5.11a).

Dome Rock has its own, ultra-convenient camping, and is often host to the annual Southern Sierra Climbers' meeting. Be warned that this is a popular destination for tourists as the summit (former site of a Forest Service Helipad) is an easy walk from the road, and there is the potential for rocks to be thrown or dislodged down the face from above.

Getting There

From the junction of FS-21S05 (the access road into the Needles) and CR-107, head south 3 miles and turn east on FS-21S69. This road takes you past campsites and almost to the summit of Dome Rock itself. Most climbs are approached by scrambling down from a point near the summit to the (skier's) left. It is possible to rap in from the summit with double ropes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Dome Rock

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 224
Tree Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 12
Arch Bitch-Up
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
Left Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 23
Direct Anti-Jello Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 8
Close To The Edge
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 8
Handycraft
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 116
Anti-Jello Crack
Trad 4 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 7
Saucer Full of Secrets
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 14
Windjammer
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 14
Red Mushrooms
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 26
Tobin's Dihedral
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 15
Between Nothingness and Eternity
Sport 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
 7
Just Barely
Trad, Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 4
The Good Samaritan
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 14
Vicious
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tree Route
 224
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
Arch Bitch-Up
 12
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Left Crack
 26
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Direct Anti-Jello Crack
 23
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad
Close To The Edge
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Handycraft
 8
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a TR
Anti-Jello Crack
 116
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Saucer Full of Secrets
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Windjammer
 14
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Red Mushrooms
 14
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Tobin's Dihedral
 26
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Between Nothingness and Ete…
 15
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Sport 3 pitches
Just Barely
 7
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad, Sport
The Good Samaritan
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Vicious
 14
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
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