The Astro Domes Rock Climbing
Peter Croft starting Figures. Photo by Bob Gaines.
These two immense formations at the western edge of the Wonderland Valley absolutely dominate the entire region and are visible from afar as easily recognizable landmarks.
One of the most popular destinations in the Wonderland, The Astro Domes
hold an amazing collection of high quality routes on mostly excellent quality stone. Routes here range from 5.1 to 5.13 with single, two, three and even four pitch routes to challenge both body and mind. Climbing here is altogether different experience that will challenge your notions of Joshua Tree as nothing more than grainy slabs with it's soaring flake systems and intricate face climbing up steep thin crimps and edges. South Astro Dome
has many stellar routes including Breakfast of Champions
(5.8+), Solid Gold
(5.10a), Piggle Pugg
(5.10c), Such a Savage
(5.11a R), Middle Age Crazy
(5.11c/d), Stone Idol (5.12a R), Middle Age Savage
(5.12a/b) and Mamunia (5.13a). North Astro Dome
has it's share of quality routes as well - Figures on a Landscape (aka Monkey on My Back)
(5.10b R), Astroturf
(5.10d), Unknown Soldier
(5.11b), Repo Man (aka Power Fingers)
(5.12a R) and the Gunslinger
Park at the Uncle Willie's dirt lot and follow an old road east to a fork in the road and then make a left, bearing north, towards an old pink building (Uncle Willie's Health Food Store).
Head left into a wash and some trees and follow the wash as it curves left (west) and then just past an old retaining wall/dam makes a right heading north. Continue along the wash/trail as it meanders between formations forming a narrow valley. After 0.5 miles or so and just past Foolproof Tower
you'll reach the southern end of the expansive Wonderland Valley where the impressive Astro Domes
will come into view.
Shortly after entering the vally the trail will fork - take the left fork heading west. A bit of scrambling through some rocks will gain level ground near the base of the massive Don Juan Boulder
. Circle around the north side of the boulder heading towards the South Astro Dome
aiming for the left of two gold streaks on the face and follow slabs uphill that parallel the base of the dome.
The North Astro Dome
is reached by continuing along the base of the South Astro Dome and then down a bit of rocky terrain to the base. The approach usually takes between 30-45 minutes assuming no routefinding errors are made.
Weather station 8.3 miles from here
43 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Astro Domes
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Astro Domes:
Featured Route For The Astro Domes
Such a Savage 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Yet another of the classic face routes on the Astro Domes, this one is memorable for a stiff runout to the first bolt as well as the steep, well-protected face climbing higher. P1) Climb about 20' of insecure 5.10 friction above the talus to a bolt, run it out again to a second bolt (this feels much easier) and continue to a ledge above which the wall steepens to vertical. Four more bolts along a bolt ladder (some clips are awkward) take you to a bolted belay. P2) Leave the belay and climb feat...[more] Browse More Classics in California