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Description

This formation sits out in the open flats just west of the main Comic Book approach trail, about 250 yards from the Barker Dam Road. As you are walking south from the parking area toward the main Comic Book area, this is the first formation to the right of the trail, easily identified by a turret-like summit block.

The northeast face of South Dakota Dome gets morning sun and afternoon shade.

Getting There

Park on the Barker Dam Road, at the Comic Book Pullout parking area, which is .4 miles east from the Echo T junction. Walking south on the marked Comic Book area main trail, South Dakota Dome would be the first rock formation to the right of the trail, with a distinctive, turret-shaped summit block.

The best approach is to simply walk in a straight line from the Comic Book Trailhead parking area, a distance of about 200 yards.

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From the Comic Book pullout (which is the trailhead for the marked Comic Book climber's trail) if you walk directly toward the formation, there is already a pretty good trail developing. Look for footprints. If you don't make any new ones you'll be on the path. Feb 9, 2015
tom donnelly
san diego
tom donnelly   san diego
I haven't been here,
but looking at Google satellite view,
it looks like the best approach might be to go out the
regular trail for a short 50 yards and then head direct.
That would keep the number of trailheads to one.
For that to work the turnoff would have to be very clearly marked.
Otherwise numerous trails will form. Feb 9, 2015

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