BETA PHOTO: Split Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Split Dome is the large mass of rock adjacent to the Split Rocks parking area. It is divided by a conspicuous east-west gully. There are huge boulders that surround Split Dome proper and several of them have established routes (e.g. The Popsicle). Virtually all of the climbs require anchors and the descents are walkoffs.
Fun bolt protected and mixed climbs on south facing rock include Bike Across America (5.10c), Strip Search (5.10c), and Turtle Vein (5.8). A very good mixed route on the west face is Desert Sky (aka Environment-Oil President)
(5.11a). An excellent overhanging crack on the east face is Cleared For Takeoff
Split Dome is easily seen from the Split Rocks parking area.
Climbing Season For the Split Rocks area.
Weather station 8.5 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',1]
Featured Route For Split Dome
Cleared For Takeoff 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c California
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Split Dome
This prominent overhanging thin hands / fist crack is on the east face of Split Dome. The superb rock quality makes this short but powerful climb well worthwhile. Jam the crack and use holds on either side for hands and feet. The initial crack ends in a small "cave." At this point a thin seam goes directly over a roof (thin cams and stoppers for protection)to the top or a left-slanting fist crack can be climbed to the top. Placing protection is the crux....[more] Browse More Classics in California
Climbers on "Worthy of It. Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Split Dome area. Photo by Blitzo.