Elevation: 8,630 ft
GPS: 37.884, -119.431 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: john durr on Aug 7, 2008
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Description

The west face of Dark Side Dome is a nice place to find a wide variety of face climbs, mostly on nice feldspar knobs. The north end has plenty of easy face climbs on knobs with lots of bolts including Spaceballs 5.5, Dark Side of the Force 5.7, Pebble Beach 5.9R, and Imperial March 5.10. The south end has more face climbs like Voice of the Crags 5.10, Shot in the Dark 5.10, Batteries Not Included 5.11, Who's the Bosch 5.8.

Getting There

Dark Side Dome is along Cathedral Creek, about 1 mile downstream from Daff Dome along the approach to Hammer Dome. Park at the lower Daff Dome parking area near the creek. Hike northwest down the short hill to the creek. Cross the creek and follow a very faint trail along the north side of the creek west to River Wall. You may need bug spray...

Once past the River Wall, continue about 10 minutes more on the faint trail through the woods to the start of a low angled golden slab that faces southeast (see beta photo). Hike up this low angle slab that seems to take a while, northish to the west face of Dark Side Dome. Approach time is about 30-45 minutes and very pretty. There is a small lake at the base. This is at GPS 11 S 286220 4195690 NAD 36 CONUS.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Dark Side Dome

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
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Spaceballs
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Megacrystic
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5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
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The Imperial March
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Spaceballs
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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Megacrystic
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
The Imperial March
 5
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
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