Lightning Dome - Left Side Rock Climbing
Areas in Lightning Dome - Left Side
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DescriptionThe mass of Lightning Dome as viewed from Highway 13 is primarily the left side of the formation. The routes here lie between the left edge of the crag and the prominent low-angle gully visible on the far right.
There are four sections within the Left Side:
Getting TherePark at a large pullout at mile 21.1. Cross the highway to a roadcut and scramble up a left trending ramp to the trail. Continue up this trail past occasional cairns to a faint fork. This left hand/uphill fork, more or less directly, leads to the Midnight Fright, Fat Albert, Black Pine, and Parasite Walls.
From the summit, walk on the uphill side of the two downed trees to the ridge crest, then head down the crest to the obvious stacked boulders. Continue down on their right to a pair of tall, slightly burned Ponderosa pines. Scramble down a bit of 3rd class terrain then left across a gully. Grassy ledges lead to the base of the Parasite Wall, where the approach trail leads back to the crag.
Classic Climbing Routes at Lightning Dome - Left Side
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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