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
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Description

This is the big dome, south of the Mokelumne River. Its 2000 foot face offers a variety of routes ranging from single pitch, to epic 19 pitch endure fests. There are slabs, splitter cracks, face routes, offwidths, grade V aid climbs and routes with nearly all of those bundled into one. Most of the routes were established from the ground up, and have that particular spice to them. So be weary when choosing your agenda for the day as the nearest ambulance is a good hour and a half away.

Most routes are set up to be able to rappel using two 60m ropes. Some can be done with just one, but its generally a good idea to bring up two ropes on most routes. 

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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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