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But Fear Itself T 
Hot Flashes T 
Kona T 
Lava Lamp T 
Mauna Kea S 
Mauna Loa T 
Nothing to Fear T 
Popo T 
Right Hand of Light, The T 
Standing Ovation T 

Lava Dome  

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Submitted By: Donno on Jun 2, 2003
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Lava Dome is a dark brown, ragged-looking, formation that sits at the southern end of the Towers of Uncertainty. It's not dome-like at all, it's actually steep on the north and west sides and has the look of frozen lava shooting up. The north side has 3 obvious cracks, while the west face is pretty smooth.

Getting There 

Once in the Towers of Uncertainty area, walk west from Crow's Next to Reef Rock with it's distinctive flat north face (many horizontal cracks). Just west of Reef Rock, head south in a river bed of soft sand. This is a cool walk. Snake past various close formations, heading south, until Lava Dome shows up on your left. It's one of the southernmost formations in this area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.7 miles from here

10 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lava Dome:
But Fear Itself   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Mauna Loa   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Mauna Kea   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Hot Flashes   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Lava Dome
A closer shot of But Fear Itself.

But Fear Itself 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Lava Dome
This is a cool route. It's steep and intimidating for the 5.8 leader, but once you're on it, nice footholds appear to the left of the crack.Pulling thru the steep crux, two-thirds up, is exciting and well protected with a large cam in the crack. The upper third, which looks like a hike from below, is interesting, too. Walk off the back....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Lava Dome area. Photo by Blitzo.
Lava Dome area. Photo by Blitzo.

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By tony grice
Mar 20, 2006
Check out the three new routes on the west face.
a 3 bolt 5.9 super route.
a 5 bolt 10d or 11a to a 2 bolt anchor, 3star
a 10 a crack to the last two bolts of the prev route. sunny crag
bees poss in warm weather
By Brandt Allen
From: Joshua Tree, Cal
Dec 1, 2008
The 5.9 route on the west face is indeed super! Fun moves on excellent rock all the way. The 10a on the far right is also good, especially at the top where it joins the middle route.
All I can say about the middle route is that it looks hard!
Am I right in thinking these are Bob Gaines routes? What are the names?
By Bob Gaines
Dec 1, 2008
Hi Brandt:

Posted all the beta on those routes. Nice rock quality on this little wall. The only caveat is that last year there were some very aggressive bees in the immediate area that scared several parties away.
By Murf
Feb 16, 2010
Really good day to be had here, you can get sun or shade with a flat base of operations.

Thanks Bob and Adam for the route updates.
By Adam Stackhouse
Feb 16, 2010
TM, I corrected the pictures and or the text associated with them
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