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Dome Rock

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Air Corner TR 
Anti-Jello Crack T 
Arch Bitch-Up T 
Arwen T 
Between Nothingness and Eternity S 
Close To The Edge T,S 
Good Samaritan, The T 
Handycraft TR 
Just Barely T,S 
Last Dihedral, The T 
Last Homely House T 
Left Crack T 
Old Man Quiver S 
Red Mushrooms T 
Sanitarium T,S,TR 
Tobin's Dihedral T 
Tree Route T 
Unknown, South of Tree Route T 
Vicious T 
Windjammer T 
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Dome Rock Rock Climbing 


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Location: 36.06681, -118.52882 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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 (5.10a), Windjammer (5.10 R), Tobin's Dihedral (5.10+) and Between Nothingness and Eternity (5.11a).

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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.9 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Dome Rock

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'   
The Last Dihedral   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Sanitarium   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, TR, 80'   
Close To The Edge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches   
Unknown, South of Tree Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 100'   
Arwen   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   
Anti-Jello Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 550'   
Windjammer   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches   
Red Mushrooms   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches   
Tobin's Dihedral   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 380'   
Between Nothingness and Eternity   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Sport, 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'   
The Good Samaritan   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
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Featured Route For Dome Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Diana leading the 5.9+ tips crack.

Anti-Jello Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Southern Sierra : ... : Dome Rock
P1 (5.5): Start as for Tree Route. From atop the large Pine Tree, locate a 2-3" crack and follow it up and left. (Alternately, start on the bolted face to the left of Tree Route.) Belay from a shallow horizontal ledge at the start of a stunning finger crack.P2 (5.9+ sustained): Truly classic!! Follow a left-leaning finger crack that arcs left along a clean slab. The crack starts as solid fingers and slowly tapers dow...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Dome Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rob Chaney climbs the stunning 2nd pitch of Tree R...
Rob Chaney climbs the stunning 2nd pitch of Tree R...
Rock Climbing Photo: We ran into these very friendly Romanian tourists ...
We ran into these very friendly Romanian tourists ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Night sky from the top of Dome Rock.
Night sky from the top of Dome Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Overview of Dome Rock
BETA PHOTO: Overview of Dome Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: The moderate classic Tree Route is a must-climb on...
The moderate classic Tree Route is a must-climb on...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset at the Dome Rock parking lot.  Taken Septem...
Sunset at the Dome Rock parking lot. Taken Septem...
Rock Climbing Photo: Credit E.C. Joe and Dick Leversee 1983
BETA PHOTO: Credit E.C. Joe and Dick Leversee 1983
Rock Climbing Photo: A view of Dome Rock from the highway.  The Needles...
A view of Dome Rock from the highway. The Needles...
Rock Climbing Photo: You can not talk about Dome Rock without referenci...
You can not talk about Dome Rock without referenci...
Rock Climbing Photo: Doug Steigerwald climbs the left-hand variation of...
Doug Steigerwald climbs the left-hand variation of...
Rock Climbing Photo: Welcome to Dome Rock
Welcome to Dome Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Topping out on the Tree Route with the Needles in ...
Topping out on the Tree Route with the Needles in ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Near the base of Asteroid Belt (5.11) is the remai...
Near the base of Asteroid Belt (5.11) is the remai...
Rock Climbing Photo: Many of the bolts at Dome Rock are button-head com...
BETA PHOTO: Many of the bolts at Dome Rock are button-head com...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dome Rock (7,165 feet)
Dome Rock (7,165 feet)
Rock Climbing Photo: The Needles from Dome Rock
The Needles from Dome Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: The top of Dome Rock affords one of the Upper Kern...
The top of Dome Rock affords one of the Upper Kern...

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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.
By Murf
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.
By CaliGirlClimber
Jul 5, 2012
Summer Shade from approx 3pm to sunset