Elevation: 7,456 ft
GPS: 36.104, -118.476 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Matthew Fienup on Jul 24, 2006
Admins: Matthew Fienup, Muscrat, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

A massive 900-foot dome that is home to the California classic "White Punks on Dope." The formation itself is very unique among the other Needles. Vast expanses of featureless rock yield surprisingly few routes despite the formation's size.

Descend from most routes by walking north to where the ridgeline rises and nealry meets the top of the dome. Look for slings around a constriction and make a short rappel to the ground. Descend the eastern slope. If you stay too close to the Dome, you will be forced to make at least one rappel from trees. It is also possible (and longer) to descend the western slope past the start of the route.

Getting There

Voodoo Dome is approached from the road near Lower Needlerock Creek (aka Peppermint Springs). The approach takes 45-90 minutes and meanders among a perfect 3-dimensional lattice of cairns--no matter where you wander, someone has been there and piled rocks. The approach is dumbfounding until you have it dialed.

To access the trailhead: from Johnsondale (near the M99/M50 junction), take Lower Kern River Road north (aka 22S82, Lloyd Meadow Road). At the turnoff, look for a sign indicating the road for Camp Whitsett Boy Scout Camp which will be passed after 2.6 miles. Park approximately 1.5 miles past Lower Peppermint campground and just past Needlerock Creek, in a large turnout on the right. The trial begins a 100+ yards ahead on the left.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Voodoo Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Voodoo Chimney
TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c R
 17
Summer Sojourn
Trad 6 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
 200
White Punks on Dope
Trad 6 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 6
The Light Side
Trad 2 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 19
The Emperor (aka Pea Soup)
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 5
The Skull
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Voodoo Chimney
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b TR
Summer Sojourn
 17
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c R Trad 6 pitches
White Punks on Dope
 200
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 6 pitches
The Light Side
 6
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
The Emperor (aka Pea Soup)
 19
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
The Skull
 5
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad 3 pitches
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