Calaveras Dome Area Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: 1. Sands of Time 5.9 IV 2. Wall of the Worlds 5.10...
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.
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.
Weather station 0.4 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Calaveras Dome Area
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Calaveras Dome Area:
Featured Route For Calaveras Dome Area
Sands of Time 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA
: Central Sierra
: ... : Calaveras Dome
Pitch 1 climbs through some funky wide stuff, 5.8. Has big bolted anchors.Pitch 2 goes through a roof to a bolted ledge. Fun double-crack jamming up higher in the slot and sweet face climbing over the roof characterize this pitch. Pitch 3 ends at a big ledge above.Pitch 4 is a short pitch w/ chimney.Pitch 5 reminded me of an upgraded version of the p3 finger crack on West Crack in Tuolumne. Has bolted anchors at top. One more pitch to the twelve o'clock ledge.Pitch 6 reminded me of various sec...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Kent Schmitz on, Stairway Crack.5.11c
Beautiful afternoon light over Cal Dome and Hidden...
Hammock Bivi on Calaveras Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Mike Arechiga on, Fine line. 5.11c. Calaveras Dome...
Mike Corbett jugging with a haul bag on "Warl...
"Warlord". Photo by Blitzo.
Climber on, Sea Of Holes. 5.10a. Hammer Dome.
Monica leading the perfect corner, p5, of Silk Roa...
BETA PHOTO: Looking down pitch 2 of Banzai
BETA PHOTO: Looking up pitch 3 of Banzai with new bolts
BETA PHOTO: Abel linking pitches 2 and 3 of Silk Road.
BETA PHOTO: Top of pitch 3 of Banzai
Screwing around up on the Silver Streak Slabs.
Caroline Duell on the classic 5.8 fingers pitch of...
Charley Epperson leading the 2nd pitch of "Pa...
Rained out on Hammer Dome. 5/2013. Photo: Dave S...
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.