Stately Pleasure Dome Rock Climbing
I found the descent on this dome intimidating, as ...
Okay, so it's on the highway and tons of tourists will gawk at you, but still, this is one of the most beautiful climbing settings anywhere. It rises about 500 feet right out of Lake Tenaya with beautiful views of the lake, Tenaya Peak, and many other Tuolumne features.
It's the great big dome on the north side of the highway next to Tenaya Lake. Easy parking all along the base.
To descend all routes: head up and left (west) until you can descend 3rd and 4th class slabs near a steep headwall. At one point you can rap a tree over the steepest section, though probably 50% of climbers just walk this part too. See photo.
Weather station 8.2 miles from here
21 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stately Pleasure Dome:
West Country 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'
Eunuch 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
R Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 250'
White Flake 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
R Trad, Alpine, 460'
South Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'
Boltway 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'
Black Angel 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 65'
Death Crack 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'
Featured Route For Stately Pleasure Dome
West Country 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b California
: Yosemite National Park
: ... : Stately Pleasure Dome
P1. From the nice ledge at the start, go straight up (same as Hermaphrodite Flake), heading left just where the flake starts. Belay just a little higher.P2. This is the crux pitch and the most fun. 5.6-5.7 sustained lieback/finger crack climbing for almost 100 feet to a two bolt anchor. Good pro most of the way. Great.P3. Slightly runout face climbing past a few bolts to a two bolt anchor.P4. More fun liebacking. The angle is much lower here, but placing pro is slightly awkward. Set up a ...[more] Browse More Classics in California
By C Miller
Sep 28, 2006
The name comes from the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
By Richard O'Neal
From: Lancaster, Ca
Jun 27, 2016
In lieu of the normal decent, we tried the allegedly easier "walk off" around the west side. There were rock stackings for trail markers. However, it seemed just as sketchy as the normal decent and took much longer.