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Santa Cruz Dome Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,200'
Location: 36.64095, -118.7031 View Map  Incorrect?
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There are two prominent domes across the valley from the Watchtower. Santa Cruz Dome is the one above and a little west of the Lower Tokopah Dome. It has a large South Face that hosts approximately 600-800 ft of climbing, depending on the line you take. There are only three reported lines on this dome.

Getting There 

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. Don’t 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!

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Tan in November 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : Santa Cruz Dome
A beautiful, safe, moderate climb that has a little bit of everything on perfect rock (except a bit of P1).P1. Pick you way through some flaky rock to the right of the giant chimey towards a bush. Chimney up behind the bush and take a crack to the right to a giant ledge.P2. Climb through the broken cracks on the right side of the ledge up to a beautiful, easy double crack system the trends up and left. Before you reach the end, take a crack to the right when you see a small bush and out onto...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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