BETA PHOTO: Overview of Buck's Bar Dome (Main Area) and Great ...
This traditional section of Cosumnes River Gorge is a shorter version of the larger Gutenberger wall across the way. This area features cracks and face climbs from 20 - 50 feet in length that are almost all traditional routes, with some tougher top rope options available as well. Difficulty ranges from 5.1 -5.12, depending on what you're looking for. You will also find an abundance of chimneys on Bucks Bar Dome, which are all quite fun.
This is a great place to be in the afternoon when the areas move into the shade.
All routes can be lowered off or walked off, depending on your preference.
From the path directions for the area, this is the first rock that you come to down the path. As you head down the path you will come across the un-indentifiable top of the dome. You canwalk to the edge here where you will find top anchors and rappel, or you can walk around the far side (about 100 yards) and walk down the path. As the path heads down to the stream in a small gully, you will find the cracks of Buck's Bar Dome to your left.
Weather station 6.0 miles from here
36 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Buck's Bar Dome:
Test Piece 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Mangler 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Dinkum 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Bat Roof 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Fly or Die 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Adhesion 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Fingerprint 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b TR, 1 pitch, 30'
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The Pod 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CA
: Tahoe Vicinity
: ... : Buck's Bar Dome
Climb a few moves up the right side of the blocks at the bottom of Dinkum wall to get a ledge, then use the crack at the back to jam your way up and around the large formation on the right. Then an easy scramble to the top anchors. Lower down for more fun in the Areta Franklin chimney!...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By Preston Havill
From: Telluride, CO
Oct 27, 2013
Just climbed at Buck's Bar for the first time and it was very enjoyable. I just wanted to say that you should not let the fact that this is a mostly top rope area fool you into being casual as you approach the top rope anchors from above the dome. If you plan to climb Unconquerable or any of the Bat Crack lines, it would not be unwise to set up a natural anchor from a tree (maybe 30-40' from the anchors) above the dome as you approach from the main trail, if for nothing else then just for balance as you descend. The last few feet is a little sketchy and bare. I set up the anchors anyways without protection from above, but I can see how a party expecting a casual day of top-roping might be surprised to find that the walk down to those anchors is a climb in itself, exposed too. The approaches to the anchors for Test Piece and Beginner Cracks are safer and have a nice big ledge to clip the bolts from. We also packed out a surprising amount of trash, cans, butts, as well as several tags from metolius and black diamond products, obviously left by climbers. Looking forward to frequenting this crag when I visit my family in California.
From: Lake Tahoe, Ca
Feb 12, 2014
For anyone pondering, like I did, whether you can just throw down a pad and boulder these short lines, ... the answer is; not really. These lines, despite being short, are not boulder problems. If you climb here without a rope, these are free solos. The landings are sketchy, a ground fall here will likely result in something broken. And falling from some of the stuff further down into the canyon could result in one literally rolling into the river and being washed away.
Bring a rope and a partner :)