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Cherubim Dome

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Cherubim Dome Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,440'
Location: 36.57239, -118.57689 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: SirTobyThe3rd on Sep 23, 2015
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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.

Climbing Season

For the Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP area.

Weather station 8.5 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For Cherubim Dome
Rock Climbing Photo: Route in red as seen from HST

What Dreams May Come 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b California : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : ... : Cherubim Dome
The route takes a proud line up the middle of Cherubim Dome's south face. The granite is immaculate. The climbing itself is super fun and has it all from slab, juggy face, cracks, pockets. Hard and easy. Most belays are in great stances. Don't let the 5.10 R scare you, the R climbing is on easier ground (nothing harder than 5.9, with nothing harder than 5.8 having significant runouts). Almost all pitches are rope stretchers, so be ready for it to be close. 6/5 stars for sure! Incredible route! :...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By amockalypsenow
From: San Diego
Apr 5, 2017
which is the best one?
By SirTobyThe3rd
May 8, 2017
What Dreams May come is better for sure. More of a climb. The other one is pretty easy.

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