Lower Tokopah Dome Rock Climbing
Tokopah Valley is beautiful during sunsets
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There are two prominent domes across the valley from the Watchtower. Lower Tokopah Dome is slightly below and to the east of Santa Cruz Dome. Lower Tokopah dome had a few established routes and recently has seen much more development. Climbing on this dome ranges from quality slab climbing, to cracks and large chicken-head hero climbing. It has a large South Face that hosts routes that range from 550 to 700 feet of climbing, depending on the line you take. There are only four reported routes that go to the top of the dome, with a few more in the making. All routes have been established ground up.
Park at Lodgepole in a big lot before the entrance to the campground.
Hike east on a road till you cross a bridge. From there do not continue up the valley (east) but take the Twin Lakes trail that cuts up and north through the campground.
Hike on Twin Lakes trail for about 20-30 mins till you reach a hump after which the trail starts heading down. Dont go down hill, but cut east through the forest. From here it is cross country. Stay as close to the crest of the ridge as possible. Take the path of least resistance. After you pass a major uphill climb (maybe after one and a half hours of hiking?) you want to stay right of the ridge-line and traverse towards the domes, which should be visible in the distance fairly soon. If you continue going up the ridge you will be above them. Hike to camp should take about 1.5-3 hours (depending on your fitness). Camp on a nice slab by a clean water stream. There are two close to each other. It takes another 15 minutes to reach the Domes which are just NE E of you. Lower Tokopah Dome is the prominent lower dome with a large chimney system splitting its SW Face.
When you are done, pack out all your trash. Leave the area as you found it, CLEAN!
Weather station 3.2 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Tokopah Dome
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Tokopah Dome:
Featured Route For Lower Tokopah Dome
The Boardwalk Chimney 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c California
: Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP
: Lower Tokopah Dome
A really fun route that follows a major chimney system on the SW face of Lower Tokopah Dome. It will not prepare you for the Steck Salathe, but is a worthy climb anyway. Once you are past the first pitch, the amount of chimneying depends on how much do you prefer this style of climbing vs friction and knob pulling. This route could have potentially been done by other climbers but research with locals have not brought out any claims for any routes that went up to the top of Lower Tokopah Dome. Th...[more] Browse More Classics in California
Santa Cruz Dome and Lower Tokopah Dome seen from T...
Lower Tokopah Dome with some of the routes