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Calaveras Dome Area

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Calaveras Dome 
Hammer Dome 

Calaveras Dome Area 


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 38.4939, -120.2172 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 22, 2006
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Description 

Calaveras Dome and surrounding areas are near Salt Springs Reservoir, on the Mokelumne River, to the southwest of Lake Tahoe.

This area offers excellent multi-pitch free climbs and a few grade V big-wall routes.


Getting There 

Take Ellis Road from Hwy. 88, south to the area. Another route is the road past Ham's Station.


12 Total Routes


['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',4],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Calaveras Dome Area:
Wings and Stings   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Hammer Dome
Gemini Cracks   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   Hammer Dome
Sands of Time   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 11 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome
Old Smokey   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 7 pitches   Calaveras Dome
Sea of Holes   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad   Hammer Dome
Smoke Screen   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Hammer Dome
War of the Walls   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Grade IV   Calaveras Dome
Squeaks of Gold   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   Hammer Dome
Silk Road (High Times)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 14 pitches, 1000'   Calaveras Dome
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Featured Route For Calaveras Dome Area
"War of the Walls" topo.

War of the Walls 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13  CA : Central Sierra : ... : Calaveras Dome
This climbs a line near the center of the North side of the dome.Start from a terrace and to the left of a right facing dihedral.Climb a 5.10a crack to a belay. Continue up the crack (5.10b) to a belay with two Bolts. These two pitches can be combined with a 60M rope.Move up a left leaning arch to a sling belay (5.10c).Climb a 5.8 crack and corner to a two bolt belay.A 5.9 corner is followed to a two bolt belay at it's end.Climb 5.9 face past two bolts, then up and right to a third bolt and hea...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Calaveras Dome Area Slideshow Add Photo
Kent Schmitz on, Stairway Crack.5.11c
Kent Schmitz on, Stairway Crack.5.11c
Beautiful afternoon light over Cal Dome and Hidden Dome on a crisp December day. <br />photo by S. Giffin
Beautiful afternoon light over Cal Dome and Hidden...
Hammock Bivi on Calaveras Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Hammock Bivi on Calaveras Dome.
Photo by Blitzo.
Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome.
Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome...
Mike Corbett jugging with a haul bag on "Warlord"-Calaveras Dome. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mike Corbett jugging with a haul bag on "Warlord"-...
"Warlord". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
"Warlord".
Photo by Blitzo.
Climber on, Sea Of Holes. 5.10a. Hammer Dome.
Climber on, Sea Of Holes. 5.10a. Hammer Dome.
Monica leading the perfect corner, p5, of Silk Road, Cal Dome.
Monica leading the perfect corner, p5, of Silk Roa...
Looking down pitch 2 of Banzai
BETA PHOTO: Looking down pitch 2 of Banzai
Looking up pitch 3 of Banzai with new bolts
BETA PHOTO: Looking up pitch 3 of Banzai with new bolts
Abel linking pitches 2 and 3 of Silk Road.
BETA PHOTO: Abel linking pitches 2 and 3 of Silk Road.
Top of pitch 3 of Banzai
BETA PHOTO: Top of pitch 3 of Banzai
Screwing around up on the Silver Streak Slabs.
Screwing around up on the Silver Streak Slabs.
Pitch 1 of Sands of Time
Pitch 1 of Sands of Time
Calaveras Dome.
Calaveras Dome.
Caroline Duell on the classic 5.8 fingers pitch of Gemini Cracks (Hammer Dome)
Caroline Duell on the classic 5.8 fingers pitch of...
Calaveras Dome.
Calaveras Dome.
Charley Epperson leading the 2nd pitch of "Panic at the Pumps) 5.10a II on Sergent Rock
Charley Epperson leading the 2nd pitch of "Panic a...
Rained out on Hammer Dome. 5/2013.  <br /> <br />Photo: Dave Stallard
Rained out on Hammer Dome. 5/2013.

Photo: Dave S...
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By Bryan G
From: San Jose
Oct 25, 2011

Clint Cummins's website offers a great resource for this area.

www.stanford.edu/~clint/caldomes/index.htm

By mpech
Jun 15, 2014

Amazing area with superb rock climbing and almost no rock climbers. Most of the traffic in the area seems to be people BBQ'ing/hanging out in the river/etc...

To get there:
the fastest way to get there is via Ellis Road (panther road is significantly longer, and more dirt road). The road is mostly paved (though lots of potholes). There is one section where the road washed out, but it has been well repaired and is passable by any car type. The signage for the turnoff for Ellis road off of 88 is not super-obvious (especially if you are heading west on 88)-- you are in the right place if you see bathrooms right by the turnout.