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
12 Total Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Calaveras Dome Area:
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War of the Walls 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
: 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
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.