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Areas in Fresno Dome (Wamello) Area

Enchanted Rock 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Fresno Dome 9 / 27 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
Upper Willow Creek Wall area 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Willow Creek Wall 4 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9


Fresno Dome was known by the Mono Indians as "the greeting place" ("wah-me-yelo"). John Muir called it "Wamello", now mostly known as Fresno Dome which it is called on the USGS topo map.. Royal Robbins used this area as one of his locations for his Rockcraft School back in the 1970s and pioneered many routes. Most climbs range from 3 to 5 pitches in length. Some my be considered run out by today's standards. A number of shorter sport routes can be found on Zippity-Do-Dah Buttress and Panorama Wall. Willow Creek Wall has a number of bolted slab routes, up to about 100 feet long. The Main Wall, South Face, West Face and Hawk Dome offer multi pitch routes.
The rock is quality Sierra granite, ranging from smooth slab to steep features and chicken heads. Several cracks are also found.
The 7,000 ft. elevation keeps this area fairly cool in summer. Summer and Fall are generally the best time to climb here.

Climbers have been climbing and guiding here for decades and there are still no crowds. I seriously doubt that a guide book or this post will increase impact, besides wouldn't you rather go to Yosemite?

The dome sits high in the hills overlooking Oakhurst and is easily seen from town.

The town itself is small, but has everything that you would need. There is a Vons and Raleys for food and beer. Rite Aid for cheaper beer. The Dirty Donkey Bar, motels, gas stations, fast food joints and restaurants, my personal favorite being Oka Sushi House. You may also want to try Crab Cakes, Todd's Cookhouse Bar-B-Que, Ol' Kettle Restaurant and Di Cicco's Italian. There's a couple Chinese restaurants. El Cid has okay Mexican food and they serve lengua. Unfortunately one of my all time favorite burger joints, Bigfoot Burgers closed years ago. You can even get tattoos.

The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino is a 15-20 minute drive south of town, just south of the Town of Course Gold. The casino offers drinking, gambling, music, restaurants, a big buffet and a hotel ($109-$159 per night).

Getting There

From the town of Oakhurst drive north on Highway 41. About 1/2 mile after you pass the Bass Lake turnoff, turn right on Sky Ranch Road (road 632). Follow this (lots of pot holes, some dirt) for approximately 16 miles (past Fresno Dome campground) until you see the large Fresno Dome trailhead parking sign on your right.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Fresno Dome (Wamello) Area

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Whiskey Bill
Trad 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
South Pillar
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Welcome To Fresno Dome
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Guides in a Snowbank
Sport 4 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Split Personality
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Second Thoughts
Sport, TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Chicken Fried Daddy
Sport 3 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Whiskey Bill Fresno Dome > e. S Face
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad 5 pitches
South Pillar Fresno Dome > e. S Face
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Welcome To Fresno Dome Fresno Dome > b. Zippity-Do-Dah But…
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Sport
Guides in a Snowbank Fresno Dome > c. Main Wall
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
Split Personality Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Second Thoughts Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Lower Hawk Dome
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Chicken Fried Daddy Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 3 pitches
OB/GYN Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
2HP Fresno Dome > j. Hawk Dome > Main Wall
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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Chris I
Fort Collins, CO
Chris I   Fort Collins, CO
Climbed here with a buddy last summer. This place has tons of potential, and has been somewhat developed, but with little information and occasionally less-than-great rock quality it is easy to find yourself in a hairball situation. We managed to get into two hairball situations within a couple hours. It was a memorable day and definitely made me realize how great this place could be with a few more bolts and some more beta. Mar 7, 2012
J. Albers
J. Albers   Colorado
I find your comment a bit confusing. First off, the rock on Fresno Dome is absolutely bomber. When you sling a chickenhead here, you could hang a Toyota off of it.

Yes, the information about Fresno Dome is a bit sparse, but it is what is. In some sense it is nice because it holds the crowds at bay, yes? Perhaps try asking around in the local community, surely someone can give you an idea of where to find some route information to get you started.

Moreover, I am not usually one to comment on "more bolts" statements because for the most part, I am not against safely bolting routes (you will likely never hear me screaming that everything needs to be ground up and sparse). That said, Fresno Dome is not a sport crag and it would truly be a shame if it became covered in sport bolted routes. If there was ever a crag to gain your "sea-legs" for runout climbing, Fresno Dome is it. The fact is, most of the runouts (which aren't all that bad to begin with) are done while you are climbing on uber-positive holds on amazingly solid rock....what more could you ask for? If you managed to get into hairball situations, then perhaps you should ask yourself what you did to get there instead of asking for more bolts.

I hope your next trip is a good one and you avoid any more hair-raising experiences. Have a good one. Nov 29, 2012
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
Fresno Dome has exceptionally hard rock. In fact, it vaunts some of the best "chickenhead" climbing anywhere, with bullet-hard patina slabs to boot. I was shocked by how amazing the routes were—and the curious (but not lamented) lack of crowds! This place is a GEM. With great camping, a relatively short drive to town, and gobs of routes at all grades (including lots of potential), Fresno Dome is a fantastic alternative/addition to Yosemite Valley.

I love this place and can't wait to go back! Feb 12, 2013
Mike Arechiga
Mike Arechiga   Oakhurst
Mike Arechiga
Mike Arechiga   Oakhurst
amy and i got a couple new routes on the family guy wall, gigady-gigady. 5.7 and bitch stewie. 5.11d/12a, i will post some pix and topos soon so climbers can check it out, happy climbing mike a. May 19, 2014
Mike Arechiga
Mike Arechiga   Oakhurst
Mike Arechiga
Mike Arechiga   Oakhurst
Hi climbers, for route info, camping info, swimming hole info, or places to stay in the Oakhurst area, or someone to climb with, let me know, I always need some one to climb with Jul 15, 2016
Sean P. Sullivan
Clovis, Ca
Sean P. Sullivan   Clovis, Ca
Where does one pick up a guide book Mike? Jan 21, 2017
Mike Arechiga
Mike Arechiga   Oakhurst
If any one needs the new Fresno Dome Climbers Guide PM me, happy climbing Mike A. Mar 3, 2018
Mike Arechiga
Mike Arechiga   Oakhurst
All new Fresno Dome Climbers Guide Book for 2018 Flash Drive Publisher. Mar 22, 2018
Are there any routes to setup toprope?! May 8, 2018
I lost a yellow/gold 9.2mm BD rope up here several days ago. Please contact me if you find it! Jun 10, 2018

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