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Dome Rock 

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Dome Rock is a fantastic crag that is in close proximity to the Needles themselves. For me, it served as my introduction to the area -- I spent two days climbing and lustily taking in the breathtaking views of the Needles themselves before climbing there. I highly recommend spending time at Dome Rock during any extended trip to the Needles.

Climbing at Dome Rock is quite varied but is generally vertical to sub-vertical routes of 1 to 4 pitches. There are crack systems and slabs, but one of the most amazing features of this rock are the incredible chickenheads and knobs. Classics include the Tree Route (5.6), Anti-Jello Crack (5.10a), Windjammer (5.10 R), Tobin's Dihedral (5.10+) and Between Nothingness and Eternity (5.11a).

Dome Rock has its own, ultra-convenient camping, and is often host to the annual Southern Sierra Climbers' meeting. Be warned that this is a popular destination for tourists as the summit (former site of a Forest Service Helipad) is an easy walk from the road, and there is the potential for rocks to be thrown or dislodged down the face from above.

Getting There 

From the junction of FS-21S05 (the access road into the Needles) and CR-107, head south 3 miles and turn east on FS-21S69. This road takes you past campsites and almost to the summit of Dome Rock itself. Most climbs are approached by scrambling down from a point near the summit to the (skier's) left. It is possible to rap in from the summit with double ropes.

16 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Dome Rock:
Tree Route   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   
Left Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 450'   
Close To The Edge   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13     Trad, Sport, 3 pitches   
Unknown, South of Tree Route   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 100'   
Arwen   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   
Sanitarium   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, TR, 80'   
Anti-Jello Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 550'   
Windjammer   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches   
Red Mushrooms   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches   
Tobin's Dihedral   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 380'   
Between Nothingness and Eternity   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c PG13     Sport, 3 pitches   
Just Barely   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c PG13     Trad, Sport, 90'   
Vicious   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
The Good Samaritan   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
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Diana leading the 5.9+ tips crack.

Anti-Jello Crack 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  CA : The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock
P1 (5.5): Start as for Tree Route. From atop the large Pine Tree, locate a 2-3" crack and follow it up and left. Belay from a shallow horizontal ledge at the start of a stunning finger crack.P2 (5.9+ sustained): Truly classic!! Follow a left-leaning finger crack that arcs left along a clean slab. The crack starts as solid fingers and slowly tapers down to nothing. Take the time to find decent, sloping footholds out to the left. The crack takes many TCUs & small stoppers. As the crack ta...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rob Chaney climbs the stunning 2nd pitch of Tree Route at Dome Rock
Rob Chaney climbs the stunning 2nd pitch of Tree R...
The top of Dome Rock affords one of the Upper Kern River Valley's best views of the Needles.
The top of Dome Rock affords one of the Upper Kern...
Many of the bolts at Dome Rock are button-head compression bolts. Seen in this side-by-side comparison are 2 different sizes that were found on a single route. <br /> <br />
BETA PHOTO: Many of the bolts at Dome Rock are button-head com...
Topping out on the Tree Route with the Needles in the distance.
Topping out on the Tree Route with the Needles in ...
Near the base of Asteroid Belt (5.11) is the remains of a motorcycle that is said to have exited the top of the Dome with its unfortunate rider on board. <br /> <br />As the story goes, a party was being held on top of the Dome, one night in the early 70s.  One motorcycle-riding party-goer proceeded to do donuts, in ever-widening circles, before suddenly straightening out and riding off into the night.  <br />
Near the base of Asteroid Belt (5.11) is the remai...
Dome Rock (7,165 feet)
Dome Rock (7,165 feet)
You can not talk about Dome Rock without referencing the many outstanding slab climbs. Here, Doug Steigerwald leads Red Mushrooms (5.10+), one of the Dome's better-protected slabs.
You can not talk about Dome Rock without referenci...
Sunset at the Dome Rock parking lot.  Taken September, 2012.  One of my all time favorite places on earth.
Sunset at the Dome Rock parking lot. Taken Septem...
Overview of Dome Rock
BETA PHOTO: Overview of Dome Rock
Doug Steigerwald climbs the left-hand variation of Red Mushrooms (5.10+), one of several great slab climbs on the far left side of Dome Rock. The Last Dihedral can be seen beyond Doug.
Doug Steigerwald climbs the left-hand variation of...
Welcome to Dome Rock
Welcome to Dome Rock
A view of Dome Rock from the highway.  The Needles are off to the right.
A view of Dome Rock from the highway. The Needles...
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By 1Eric Rhicard
Jul 10, 2007

This place shows you what bad ass slab climbers can do! Think about hand drilling these routes ground up and usually without hooks. I am pretty good on slabs but I was eating a lot of humble pie here. The route Just Barely has a throw at the first bolt that is as cool a move as you will find on a slab route.

By Brian Paden
From: Goleta CA
Aug 29, 2010

The friendliest traditional crag out there! Easy approach + Shady at about noon to sunset + free camping.

By Murf
Aug 30, 2010

I don't think "Shady from noon on" is valid. Dome Rock is egg-cooking hot on a sunny summer day until way past noon.

By CaliGirlClimber
Jul 5, 2012

Summer Shade from approx 3pm to sunset