Bryson (7 years old) and Wesley (4 years old) pose...
Dome Rock is a fantastic crag that is in close proximity to the Needles themselves. For me, it served as my introduction to the area -- I spent two days climbing and lustily taking in the breathtaking views of the Needles themselves before climbing there. I highly recommend spending time at Dome Rock during any extended trip to the Needles.
Climbing at Dome Rock is quite varied but is generally vertical to sub-vertical routes of 1 to 4 pitches. There are crack systems and slabs, but one of the most amazing features of this rock are the incredible chickenheads and knobs. Classics include the Tree Route
(5.6), Anti-Jello Crack
(5.10 R), Tobin's Dihedral
(5.10+) and Between Nothingness and Eternity
Dome Rock has its own, ultra-convenient camping, and is often host to the annual Southern Sierra Climbers' meeting. Be warned that this is a popular destination for tourists as the summit (former site of a Forest Service Helipad) is an easy walk from the road, and there is the potential for rocks to be thrown or dislodged down the face from above.
From the junction of FS-21S05 (the access road into the Needles) and CR-107, head south 3 miles and turn east on FS-21S69. This road takes you past campsites and almost to the summit of Dome Rock itself. Most climbs are approached by scrambling down from a point near the summit to the (skier's) left. It is possible to rap in from the summit with double ropes.
Weather station 6.9 miles from here
20 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Dome Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dome Rock:
Tree Route 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Left Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 450'
Sanitarium 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport, TR, 80'
Arwen 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
R Trad, 4 pitches, 350'
Windjammer 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
R Trad, 3 pitches
Just Barely 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
PG13 Trad, Sport, 90'
Vicious 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Featured Route For Dome Rock
Tree Route 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b California
: Southern Sierra
: ... : Dome Rock
The Tree Route is the true "trade route" of Dome Rock--expect to wait in line.P1 (5.5, ~110 ft.): follow an obvious hand crack that heads right and then diagonals left to a large yellow pine. An excellent hand jam between the giant conifer and the rock allows you to pull past the tree and onto a generous ledge. From the ledge, climb a slab past intermittent cracks to the belay stance above a second, smaller pine tree. Belay takes 1/2" to 3/4"P2 (5.6, 120 feet): truly classic for the grade! J...[more] Browse More Classics in California
By 1Eric Rhicard
Jul 10, 2007
This place shows you what bad ass slab climbers can do! Think about hand drilling these routes ground up and usually without hooks. I am pretty good on slabs but I was eating a lot of humble pie here. The route Just Barely has a throw at the first bolt that is as cool a move as you will find on a slab route.
By Brian Paden
From: Goleta CA
Aug 29, 2010
The friendliest traditional crag out there! Easy approach + Shady at about noon to sunset + free camping.
Aug 30, 2010
I don't think "Shady from noon on" is valid. Dome Rock is egg-cooking hot on a sunny summer day until way past noon.