Elevation: 2,558 ft
GPS: 48.148, -121.6 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Curt Veldhuisen on Aug 16, 2019 · Updates
Admins: Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

Description

Also known as 'Exfo Low' and 'Land of Deli Meats', the crags northwest of Exfoliation Dome have a significant climbing history and some quality slab climbing. There is lots of rock here, which would probably have been developed earlier if not overshadowed by the mighty Exfo. The two crags - Baloney Dome and Salami Slabs - are presented together because they share the same approach, described below.

Getting There

Although the distance from the road is comparable to 3 O'Clock Rock (~30-60 minutes), reaching the North Exfo crags is steeper and more involved. Drive up the Exfo branch about one mile from the 2060 junction and park at the obvious cleared space before the rough wash. There is room for several vehicles, and please leave room for others to turn around!

Step into the woods and head leftward around the massive cedar, traverse parallel to the road for several hundred feet then up into old growth timber that extends upward to Baloney Dome. Travel is fairly open and you should find a climbers tread weaving up the left side of the timber, passing some giant cedars. Continue nearly to the base of Baloney, where the route splits at a distinctive small 'diving board' boulder (photo). To Baloney, stay left, veering uphill steeply.

To Salami, head right from diving board rocks and travel side-hill to cross the brushy drainage, then up the timbered ridge. The forest gets more open and you'll cross a slabby drainage (w. hand line). Continue a ways up and left through the vine maples, with Baloney Dome on your left. A bit before the summit of Baloney Dome, fork right at a 30" Douglas fir, step over a log and cross a blocky drainage, head up steeply under timber a couple hundred feet and find the short rightward traverse to the base of Salami Slabs. It sounds tricky, but the slabs are visible above from the slab drainage onward. The approach topo and photo overlay should be helpful. And the photo of the diving board rock, which is  a key landmark!

Although devious in spots, the approach is quite efficient and has minimal brush.

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