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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.
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.
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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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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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