Elevation: 8 ft
GPS: 34.002, -118.809 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Matthew Fienup on Aug 17, 2006 · Updates
Admins: jt512, Nicole Wiesenthal, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: IMPORTANT!!Please stay on main trail when setting top ropes, do not use side gullies. Details

Description

OVERVIEW
Excellent top rope protected climbing for beginners and intermediates in a truly stunning setting. Everyone's first day of climbing should be at a place like this.

The site boasts 2 different faces:
WEST-FACING WALL--5 low-angle climbs up sharp edges in the 5.6-5.9 range--in truth, there are an infinite number of variations to these 5 routes. This wall is perfect for developing footwork and crimp strength. All lead bolts on the west-facing wall are sketchy. Do not learn to lead at Point Dume!
SOUTH-FACING (seaside) WALL--2 steep, pumpy routes in the 5.10 range, with other variations possible.

Long anchor-cords are required to top rope most routes.

WEATHER/CLIMATE
Moderated by the presence of temperate ocean water, this site is a year-round cliff. On cool winter days, the rock can feel slick.

For a memorable day of whale-watching, be sure to climb at Point Dume from mid-December to March.

Getting There

From PCH, turn on Westward Beach Road and head East for approximately 1 mile. Pass through the State Park gate (pay the toll) and proceed to the far side of the parking area, closest to the wall. Access top rope anchors by climbing a circuitous path that begins to the north of the main wall.

Please note, there are two parking entrances that require a parking fee and can confuse you. You need to turn into the lot that takes you south, down along the coast for a minute, and then you'll end up right near the wall. 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Point Dume

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V-easy 3
 11
Easy Boulder
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 113
Arete
TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 19
Left Flake
TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 5
Rhein-Dance
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 72
Left
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 80
Left Center
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 104
Center
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 100
South Face Left
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 92
South Face Right
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 3
South Face Center Right
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Easy Boulder
 11
V-easy 3 Boulder
Arete
 113
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b TR
Left Flake
 19
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Rhein-Dance
 5
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c TR
Left
 72
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Left Center
 80
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Center
 104
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
South Face Left
 100
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
South Face Right
 92
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
South Face Center Right
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c TR
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Sun & Shade

Routes Mostly Face: North · West
Sunny Roughly 9am to 3pm during high season
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8pm
Details: Though the main face faces north, it's low angle keeps in in the sun for most of the day.

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