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South Dakota Dome Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 34.01886, -116.14812 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bob Gaines on Feb 4, 2015
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This formation sits out in the open flats just west of the main Comic Book approach trail, about 250 yards from the Barker Dam Road. As you are walking south from the parking area toward the main Comic Book area, this is the first formation to the right of the trail, easily identified by a turret-like summit block.

The northeast face of South Dakota Dome gets morning sun and afternoon shade.

Getting There 

Park on the Barker Dam Road, at the Comic Book Pullout parking area, which is .4 miles east from the Echo T junction. Walking south on the marked Comic Book area main trail, South Dakota Dome would be the first rock formation to the right of the trail, with a distinctive, turret-shaped summit block.

The best approach is to simply walk in a straight line from the Comic Book Trailhead parking area, a distance of about 200 yards.

Climbing Season

For the Comic Book Area area.

Weather station 9.5 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in South Dakota Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Dakota Dome:
Black Hills Gold   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For South Dakota Dome
Rock Climbing Photo: South Dakota Dome Northeast Face Black Gold 5.10c

Black Hills Gold 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : South Dakota Dome
This route follows an overhanging intrusion of featured, black-varnished rock. The moves are unusual with a tricky crux, but very well-protected, and high on the fun factor.This route was discovered by prolific route prospector Todd Swain, who toproped the line in 1990, but somehow it flew under the radar for all these years; it's a real gem.I'd give it 2 or 3 out of 5 stars. As a bonus, when you're getting lowered down, clip the top 3 bolts of Texas Tea and give it a go on TR!...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By tom donnelly
From: san diego
Feb 9, 2015
I haven't been here,
but looking at Google satellite view,
it looks like the best approach might be to go out the
regular trail for a short 50 yards and then head direct.
That would keep the number of trailheads to one.
For that to work the turnoff would have to be very clearly marked.
Otherwise numerous trails will form.
By Bob Gaines
Feb 9, 2015
From the Comic Book pullout (which is the trailhead for the marked Comic Book climber's trail) if you walk directly toward the formation, there is already a pretty good trail developing. Look for footprints. If you don't make any new ones you'll be on the path.

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