Voodoo Dome Rock Climbing
|GPS:||36.104, -118.476 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Matthew Fienup on Jul 24, 2006|
|Admins:||Matthew Fienup, Muscrat, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
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DescriptionA 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 ThereVoodoo 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.
Classic Climbing Routes at Voodoo Dome
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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