Sunshine Dome is a huge, immaculate chunk of granite in the interior portion of the South Platte. Standing face to face with this beast is very pleasing.
Approximately 3 miles north of Deckers on Hwy 126 there is a turnoff to the west that is marked for Cheesman Reservoir, etc. this is Road 211. Take this road approximately 5 miles until you reach the (closed) Goose Creek Campground. The Goose Creek Campground is just a little ways past the Molly Gulch Campground. Find a spot to park.
Hike down into the campground and follow the stream downstream, eventually crossing onto its north side. The first rock you get to on the left is Rainy Day Rock. Keep heading to the east, kind of following the creek. There is a good trail that climbs up and over a little hill and drops down into a pleasant valley. Go across this valley (crossing the creek again in the process), doing your best to avoid private property. Once across the valley, keep heading east, steeply uphill to the top of a ridge. You will be able to see Lake Wobegone Dome, the Infidel, Couch Potatoes, Flagship, Renaissance Slab, and Sunshine Dome (from left to right).
My directions from here differ than those that somebody else might give you. Many people suggest hiking down to the northeast, and then up between the Infidel and Couch Potatoes and then dropping down to meet the left side of Sunshine Dome. My recommendation is to head down to the east or maybe southeast along a little ridge of sorts. This little ridge is kind of across the valley to the south from the rock formations. This ridge is easy hiking through a burn area and allows you to see your objective the entire time. Keep descending through this broad ridge until you are below Sunshine Dome and then head straight across to it.
A really helpful idea is to check out the Google Maps webpage which gives overhead satellite photos of excellent resolution. this will allow you to see the general layout of the land. Keep in mind that the photos were taken before the Hayman Fire.
The approach takes longer than it looks/sounds. You might want a fairly early start.
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The gate with Sunshine Dome in the background.
|By Allen Hill|
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Apr 6, 2007
I think these are some of the best routes anywhere in the state. I've done four of the routes and all of them were four star climbs. Trout's "Shinning Path" is in my opinion the best climb in the Platte. Noel's "Heart of Darkness" is also an exceptional route. The solitude is just fantastic on this remote dome.
From: Golden, CO
Jan 22, 2013
Awesome dome in the heart of the Platte.
If you enjoy wandering aimlessly through thorns and bushwhacking, read no further, but if you want some approach beta and enjoy bushwhacking and thorns, here's some more info.
Once on FS 211, follow it past the Goose Creek Campground. Continue along 211 until you are past sunshine dome by a little ways and you see an old Forest Service road (actually 211) that has a locked gate and room for one car to park on the east side of the road. If you have come to a larger pull out turn around and go back 2 mins, that is the parking for Big Rock.
Walk the road for 30 mins (?) until it takes an obvious turn left towards the ranch and a horse trail leads straight out of this turn. Follow this horse trail to the top of the ridge, then bear slightly left and downhill. Follow another ridge, periodically picking up and loosing horse trails, while aiming for a gully that is above the cliffs (couch potatoes?), that are below sunshine dome. This gully will deposit you at the saddle on the left side of sunshine dome and conveniently where you walk off. Leave your packs and have an adventure.
Total approach time 1.5 hrs.
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