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Elevation: 10,200 ft
GPS: 36.641, -118.703 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: SirTobyThe3rd on May 29, 2014
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

There are two prominent domes across the valley from the Watchtower. Santa Cruz Dome is the one above and a little west of the Lower Tokopah Dome. It has a large South Face that hosts approximately 600-800 ft of climbing, depending on the line you take. There are only three reported lines on this dome.

Getting There

Park at Lodgepole in a big lot before the entrance to the campground.

Hike east on a road till you cross a bridge. From there do not continue up the valley (east) but take the Twin Lakes trail that cuts up and north through the campground.

Hike on Twin Lakes trail for about 20-30 mins till you reach a hump after which the trail starts heading down. Don’t go down hill, but cut east through the forest. From here it is cross country. Stay as close to the crest of the ridge as possible. Take the path of least resistance. After you pass a major uphill climb (maybe after one and a half hours of hiking?) you want to stay right of the ridge-line and traverse towards the domes, which should be visible in the distance fairly soon. If you continue going up the ridge you will be above them. Hike to camp should take about 1.5-3 hours (depending on your fitness). Camp on a nice slab by a clean water stream. There are two close to each other. It takes another 15 minutes to reach the Domes which are just NE E of you. Lower Tokopah Dome is the prominent lower dome with a large chimney system splitting its SW Face.
When you are done, pack out all your trash. Leave the area as you found it, CLEAN!

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