Elevation: 10,440 ft
GPS: 36.572, -118.577 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 6,285 total · 95/month
Shared By: SirTobyThe3rd M on Sep 23, 2015
Admins: Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Always check SEKI road conditions and peregrine closures Details

Description

Incredible granite face climbing in the sun. Only three routes have been established on this formation. The original route Archangel 5.10 A1 goes up the SW buttress and may need bolts replaced. Two new routes went up the beautiful South Face in 2015. Both are awesome.

Getting There

Take the High Sierra Trail to Hamilton Lake camp. Bear boxes available in several camps on the way and in the upper Hamilton Lake camp. Incredible spot to hang out.

Approach the formation from the upper Hamilton Lake camp by starting up the High Sierra Trail. Continue going east towards Precipice lake up the switchbacks. After several switchbacks and about 15 minutes of hiking you will get to a big cliff with a roof as the trail cuts back east. You can walk just past this overhang and cut up some loose 3rd class (I placed a few cairns there). Or you can continue further to where switchbacks end leading up and the trail keeps going east for a ways. You may want to cut up a loose gully full of bushes and scramble left towards the dome. There is no set way or a good trail that leads to the base of the trail, but as long as you continue towards it, you will figure it out. The way we took after the big roof is better for approaching What Dreams May Come (IV 5.10 R). Dark Angels Have More Fun (IV 5.9+ R) may be better approached from a little further up. Not sure.

Descent: Scramble straight down the back side for a hundred feet or so (3rd class) and continue east down the ridge that leads to slabs or a gully that will take you down to your stuff. In the early season and after thunderstorms there is a stream here and you don't have to bring water up to the base. Even though rather be safe than sorry.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cherubim Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
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Dark Angels Have More Fun
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
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What Dreams May Come
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dark Angels Have More Fun
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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
What Dreams May Come
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
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