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Castle Dome Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,060'
Location: 37.26652, -112.97059 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ryan Marsters on Apr 11, 2017
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Castle Dome has a remote and secluded feel despite being in the midst of a couple popular canyons and high use trails. Granted, you're several hundred feet above them.

As far as we know, it hadn't seen a first ascent until November 2015. Dan Stihl put major work into figuring out a route up this thing, lugging haul bags and aid racks from nearby peaks, jugging and fixing and climbing away. I think he was quite surprised to eventually find an easy 5th class route up, albeit classic sketchy Zion style.

Getting There 

Castle Dome is NW of the confluence of Heaps and Behunin Canyon. The peak towers above the Emerald Pools when viewed from near the Zion Lodge.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

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East Face Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c PG13  Utah : Zion National Park : Castle Dome
From the small hill NE of Castle Dome and bounded on the north and east by Behunin, about 6,000 ft elev, continue south along an east-side ledge. Near the end, the ledge gets rather interesting with friction moves along a big drop. It's possible to belay off a big tree and sling small bushes for the friction traverse. I think a 30 m barely gets you to another tree one can belay off of. Continue south and angle up as the terrain eases onto the SE ramp. Scramble up the ramp to ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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