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Calaveras Domes Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 38.4939, -120.2172 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 22, 2006
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Kent Schmitz on, Stairway Crack.5.11c

Description 

Calaveras Dome and surrounding areas are near Salt Springs Reservoir, on the Mokelumne River, to the southwest of Lake Tahoe.

This area offers excellent multi-pitch free climbs and a few grade V big-wall routes.

Getting There 

The fastest way to get there is via Ellis Road (Panther Road is significantly longer, and more dirt road). The road is mostly paved (though lots of potholes). There is one section where the road washed out, but it has been well repaired and is passable by any car type. The signage for the turnoff for Ellis Road off of 88 is not super-obvious (especially if you are heading west on 88)-- you are in the right place if you see bathrooms right by the turnout.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.4 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',2],['5.10',8],['5.11',9],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Calaveras Domes

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Calaveras Domes:
Wings and Stings   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Hammer Dome
Gemini Cracks   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   Hammer Dome
Sands of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 11 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome
Old Smokey   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 7 pitches   Calaveras Dome
Sea of Holes   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches   Hammer Dome
Smoke Screen   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Hammer Dome
Wall of the Worlds   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 9 pitches   Calaveras Dome
Squeaks of Gold   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   Hammer Dome
Silk Road (High Times)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome
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Featured Route For Calaveras Domes
Rock Climbing Photo: "Gemini Cracks". Photo by Blitzo.

Gemini Cracks 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Hammer Dome
From below the obvious, right-leaning, parallel cracks, climb up past bushes and follow the cracks for three pitches. Rappel off....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Calaveras Domes Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful afternoon light over Cal Dome and Hidden...
Beautiful afternoon light over Cal Dome and Hidden...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kent Schmitz on, Silk Road.
Kent Schmitz on, Silk Road.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hammer Dome- Jay Smith Topo
BETA PHOTO: Hammer Dome- Jay Smith Topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Over View Of Calaveras Dome.
BETA PHOTO: Over View Of Calaveras Dome.
Rock Climbing Photo: 213
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Rock Climbing Photo: "Fickle Finger" crack Deer Bridge Dome
"Fickle Finger" crack Deer Bridge Dome
Rock Climbing Photo: Rained out on Hammer Dome. 5/2013.   Photo: Dave S...
Rained out on Hammer Dome. 5/2013. Photo: Dave S...
Rock Climbing Photo: Calaveras Dome.
Calaveras Dome.
Rock Climbing Photo: Calaveras Dome.
Calaveras Dome.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome...
Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome...
Rock Climbing Photo: Screwing around on Glide Slope (11a) at the Design...
Screwing around on Glide Slope (11a) at the Design...
Rock Climbing Photo: Charley Epperson leading the 2nd pitch of "Pa...
Charley Epperson leading the 2nd pitch of "Pa...

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By Bryan G
From: Yosemite
Oct 25, 2011
Clint Cummins's website offers a great resource for this area.

stanford.edu/~clint/caldomes/i...
By mpech
Jun 15, 2014
Amazing area with superb rock climbing and almost no rock climbers. Most of the traffic in the area seems to be people BBQ'ing/hanging out in the river/etc...

To get there:
the fastest way to get there is via Ellis Road (panther road is significantly longer, and more dirt road). The road is mostly paved (though lots of potholes). There is one section where the road washed out, but it has been well repaired and is passable by any car type. The signage for the turnoff for Ellis road off of 88 is not super-obvious (especially if you are heading west on 88)-- you are in the right place if you see bathrooms right by the turnout.
By greg t
From: Chevy, Silverado
Jun 20, 2017
Ellis Rd, 8n 32 Rd, & Panther Creek Rd were all closed on 6/15/17
By Bobby Hutton
From: Gold Country CA
Jul 16, 2017
Calaveras Domes is accessible via Bear River Reservoir. Drive over the dam and continue up the paved road until spur 19 takes off to the right. If you hit gravel you have gone to far. Follow spur 19 (paved) until it Ts into Salt Springs Reservoir Rd, Go left.
By Casey Zak
Jul 24, 2017
Anybody know the road conditions on 7n09 headed up to the top of Cal Dome/Hidden Wall? Forest Service says all the roads up top are open but not sure about tree fall etc. Feel free to PM me. Thanks!
By Tommy L-D
Jul 30, 2017
Condition Report: It's HAWT. We wondered why no one else was there this weekend and subsequently baked on the rock, would consider waiting a few more weeks at least for prime temps.

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