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Routes in Dome Rock

Air Corner TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Anti-Jello Crack T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Arch Bitch-Up T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Arwen T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Between Nothingness and Eternity S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Close To The Edge T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Direct Anti-Jello Crack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Good Samaritan, The T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
Handycraft TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Just Barely T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Last Dihedral, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Last Homely House T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Left Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Old Man Quiver S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Red Mushrooms T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Sanitarium T,S,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tobin's Dihedral T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Tree Route T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Vicious T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Windjammer T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
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Elevation: 6,873 ft
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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
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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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Tree Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Left Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
The Last Dihedral
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Arch Bitch-Up
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Direct Anti-Jello Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sanitarium
Trad, Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Close To The Edge
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Anti-Jello Crack
Trad 4 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Windjammer
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Red Mushrooms
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Tobin's Dihedral
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Between Nothingness and Eternity
Sport 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Just Barely
Trad, Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
The Good Samaritan
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Vicious
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tree Route 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
Left Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
The Last Dihedral 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Arch Bitch-Up 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Direct Anti-Jello Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad
Sanitarium 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport, TR
Close To The Edge 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Anti-Jello Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Windjammer 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Red Mushrooms 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Tobin's Dihedral 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Between Nothingness and Ete… 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Sport 3 pitches
Just Barely 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad, Sport
The Good Samaritan 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Vicious 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
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Summer Shade from approx 3pm to sunset Jul 5, 2012
Murf  
I don't think "Shady from noon on" is valid. Dome Rock is egg-cooking hot on a sunny summer day until way past noon. Aug 30, 2010
Brian Paden
Goleta CA
Brian Paden   Goleta CA
The friendliest traditional crag out there! Easy approach + Shady at about noon to sunset + free camping. Aug 29, 2010
This place shows you what bad ass slab climbers can do! Think about hand drilling these routes ground up and usually without hooks. I am pretty good on slabs but I was eating a lot of humble pie here. The route Just Barely has a throw at the first bolt that is as cool a move as you will find on a slab route. Jul 10, 2007

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