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The Corral and Double Dome have been developed as a sport crag, mostly by Neil Hightower. It is far removed from the rest of the crags in the area. The approach is not bad once you know where you are going, but it can be tough to find your first time out.

Unfortunately, the formations are incredibly small, almost to the point where you wonder why anyone would bother bolting them. Most of the routes are around 30 ft tall, some are even less. But if you don't mind short pitches, you will find about a dozen closely spaced sport climbs in the 5.8-5.10b range. The flat base and convenience factor make this a reasonable area to take a large group and set up some topropes.

The Lewis/Moynier guidebook shows the main wall of the Corral facing north. We were searching for shade, but came to find it baking in the sun. I think the wall is actually closer to west facing, and in the afternoon almost all the routes here will be in the sun.

Getting There 

Leave from the north end of the North Parking area, hiking uphill in a wash. Follow footprints in the wash and cairns for about 15 minutes. Then cut to the right, scrambling over rocks as you follow cairns. We missed this turn off and ended up wandering around in the desert for about half an hour before backtracking. But once you've found the spot were you're supposed to leave the wash, the cairns are easy to follow as you scramble for just a couple minutes to the Corral.

Climbing Season

For the Benton Crags area.

Weather station 9.4 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Dike Hike 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Corral (and Double Dome)
There is a corridor between Double Dome and the Corral Wall. This route is on the right (the far left end of Corral Wall) and immediately across from Grit. This route is a little bit longer than Grit, and a little bit better than Grit.Big jugs lead up the initial steep section. Then climb up slab which gets a little bit steeper near the end where you'll find a stout 5.7 crux....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: If you see this on your right, you have gone to fa...
BETA PHOTO: If you see this on your right, you have gone to fa...
Rock Climbing Photo: As you hike uphill,nearing the top, look to your r...
BETA PHOTO: As you hike uphill,nearing the top, look to your r...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dramatic twisted dead tree on the main drainage.
Dramatic twisted dead tree on the main drainage.
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BETA PHOTO: Double dome west face with obvious hourglass crack...

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By rex parker
From: las vegas n.v
Jun 27, 2012
good luck finding this place.. very much like sport climbing at red rocks. best advice i can give when you come over the ridge and you see the valley stay left on the ridge for a quarter of a mile and its in a hidden valley. every grade seems harder than it is 5-8 sport without a doubt 5-9 sport and so on.. good spot to hang all day amazing place.
By Maidy
Sep 18, 2014
Yup- this place is pretty hard to find. More beta for the approach: Hike up the main drainage about 15 minutes. You will pass a giant dramatic dead twisted tree on your right. About 5-10 minutes past the tree you will cut right (east) in a flat area. The cutoff was easy to miss (we got lost for an hour after missing it... doesn't help that there are "sucker cairns" further up the hill.) If you find yourself still hiking the main drainage after 25 minutes... you may have gone too far.

We added more cairns and placed a line of rocks across the main drainage to try to steer people at the correct cutoff. Look for cairns and try to stay on the obvious "trail?" The path/cairns/lines of stones wind around through tree and rocks, slightly downhill until you his some rocky gullies. Stick to the left-hand options. You will head up and over a small rocky rise then drop down into the Double Dome area. It will be on your left and not that obvious until you are right on top of it.

We were seeking north-facing shade, but these are, in actuality, as stated above, it is more west facing and are in the sun in the afternoon.

Ratings are a bit stiff and first bolts are generally a little high off the ground. We were happy we brought a stick clip. Routes are short, but technical and kinda fun. Sharp quartz monzonite with great friction like J-Tree.

An upside to making the trek out to this place... it is an exceptionally beautiful landscape and a nice hike if you want to explore. Bring a camera for sure.
By Guy Keesee
From: Moorpark, CA
Aug 22, 2015
This is a nice little Crag, short but sweet. The Double dome is in the Shade in the AM. The sun comes overhead about 2:30 (mid August)
Agree with the ratings being sort of sandbagged and a stick clip is handy or bring a pad.

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