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Routes in Calaveras Dome

Fallen Angel T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Fine Line S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
King Kong T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Layin' On The Hands T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Medicine Man T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A0 R
Mighty Joe Young T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Mr. Stiffy T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Old Smokey T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sands of Time T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Schizophrenic Dike T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Silk Road (High Times) T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Wall of the Worlds T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Elevation: 4,000 ft
GPS: 38.487, -120.228 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Blitzo on Oct 22, 2006
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

This is the big dome, south of the Mokelumne River. Its 1,500' face offers a variety of routes.

Descend by rappel or walking west, between Calaveras and Hidden Domes.

Watch out for poison oak.

Getting There

The approach is obvious, but...

A little more beta for how to approach the two most visited parts of Cal Dome:

1) If you are climbing War of the Walls/Old Smokey area: drive over the bridge. Drive about a half mile to a mile, keeping an eye out for cement block with a metal pole on the left of the road. The trail to head up is about 10 feet before this landmark.

2) if you are climbing sands of time/silk road area: go beyond the metal pole landmark (maybe 100-300 yard more?) Look for a kerns right by the road. Follow the trail till it hits Cal Dome. Continue on the trail left to the base of Silk Road/Sands of Time.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Calaveras Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Old Smokey
Trad 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 29
Sands of Time
Trad 11 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Schizophrenic Dike
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 46
Wall of the Worlds
Trad 9 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
 19
Silk Road (High Times)
Trad 14 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Old Smokey
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 7 pitches
Sands of Time
 29
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 11 pitches
Schizophrenic Dike
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Wall of the Worlds
 46
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad 9 pitches
Silk Road (High Times)
 19
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad 14 pitches
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mpech  
"the approach is obvious"-- well yes, in that you can bushwack through poison oak just about anywhere to get to the dome...

A little more beta for how to approach the two most visited parts of Cal dome:
1) If you are climbing War of the Walls/Old Smokey area: drive over the bridge. Drive about a half mile to a mile, keeping an eye out for cement block with a metal pole on the left of the road. The trail to head up is about 10feet before this landmark.

2) if you are climbing sands of time/silk road area: go beyond the metal pole landmark (maybe 100-300 yard more?) Look for a kerns right by the road. Follow the trail till it hits cal dome. Continue on the trail left to the base of silk road/sands of time. Jun 15, 2014
Justin Johnsen
Sacramento, CA
Justin Johnsen   Sacramento, CA  
Thanks M, included your description. Aug 20, 2014
WadeM
Golden, Co
WadeM   Golden, Co
Climbed on Hammer yesterday. Cal Dome gets no sunlight this time of year Nov 3, 2014

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