Route Guide - iPhone / Android - Partners - Forum - Photos - Deals - What's New - School of Rock
Login with Facebook
 ADVANCED
The Astro Domes

Select Area...
North Astro Dome  
South Astro Dome  

The Astro Domes 


Photos: Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 34.0387, -116.1472 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 109,826
Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 27, 2009
Forecast:
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
North Astro Dome. Peter Croft on the first pitch o...

Description 

These two immense formations at the western edge of the Wonderland Valley absolutely dominate the entire region and are visible from afar as easily recognizable landmarks.

One of the most popular destinations in the Wonderland, The Astro Domes hold an amazing collection of high quality routes on mostly excellent quality stone. Routes here range from 5.1 to 5.13 with single, two, three and even four pitch routes to challenge both body and mind. Climbing here is altogether different experience that will challenge your notions of Joshua Tree as nothing more than grainy slabs with it's soaring flake systems and intricate face climbing up steep thin crimps and edges.

South Astro Dome has many stellar routes including Breakfast of Champions (5.8+), Solid Gold (5.10a), Piggle Pugg (5.10c), Such a Savage (5.11a R), Middle Age Crazy (5.11c/d), Stone Idol (5.12a R), Middle Age Savage (5.12a/b) and Mamunia (5.13a).

North Astro Dome has it's share of quality routes as well - Figures on a Landscape (aka Monkey on My Back) (5.10b R), Astroturf (5.10d), Unknown Soldier (5.11b), Repo Man (aka Power Fingers) (5.12a R) and the Gunslinger (5.12a/b).


Getting There 

Park at the Uncle Willie's dirt lot and follow an old road east to a fork in the road and then make a left, bearing north, towards an old pink building (Uncle Willie's Health Food Store).

Head left into a wash and some trees and follow the wash as it curves left (west) and then just past an old retaining wall/dam makes a right heading north. Continue along the wash/trail as it meanders between formations forming a narrow valley. After 0.5 miles or so and just past Foolproof Tower you'll reach the southern end of the expansive Wonderland Valley where the impressive Astro Domes will come into view.

Shortly after entering the vally the trail will fork - take the left fork heading west. A bit of scrambling through some rocks will gain level ground near the base of the massive Don Juan Boulder. Circle around the north side of the boulder heading towards the South Astro Dome aiming for the left of two gold streaks on the face and follow slabs uphill that parallel the base of the dome.

The North Astro Dome is reached by continuing along the base of the South Astro Dome and then down a bit of rocky terrain to the base. The approach usually takes between 30-45 minutes assuming no routefinding errors are made.


43 Total Routes


['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',5],['5.10',15],['5.11',10],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Astro Domes:
Let Your Freak Flag Fly   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Southwes...
Hex Marks the Poot   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - East Fac...
Breakfast of Champions   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Lead Us Not Into Temptation   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Southwes...
My Laundry   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Solid Gold   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Figures on a Landscape (aka Monkey on My Back)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Northeas...
Godsend   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Southwes...
Piggle Pugg   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Chute to Kill   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Southwes...
Astroturf   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, 2 pitches, 240'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Northeas...
Such a Savage   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Middle Age Crisis   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Unknown Soldier   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Northeas...
Middle Age Crazy   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 190'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Gunslinger   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Northeas...
Browse More Classics in The Astro Domes

Featured Route For The Astro Domes
Ivan starting the crux traverse to the P1 anchors.  Hands and feet get thinner as you move across.

Figures on a Landscape (aka Monkey on My Back) 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : North Astro Dome - Northeas...
A very exciting and fun route and one of the best face climbs anywhere. Bring gear for the crack on the third pitch. There are just enough bolts to make the climbing sane, but a fall in a number of places could be bad news. Make sure both leader and follower are solid 5.10 climbers as the traverse at the end of pitch one is serious for both. The 2nd and 3rd pitches are easily linked and in fact recommended. The route starts from atop a large boulder on the left side of the northeast face of the...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Astro Domes Slideshow Add Photo
Mike Njoten finishing up pitch one of Figures on a Landscape (5.10b), Joshua Tree NP
Mike Njoten finishing up pitch one of Figures on a...
Peter Croft starting Figures. <br />Photo by Bob Gaines.
Peter Croft starting Figures.
Photo by Bob Gaines.
Figures on the cover
Figures on the cover
Looking back across the traverse from the first below
Looking back across the traverse from the first be...
Darin leading the 2nd pitch. April, 2006.
Darin leading the 2nd pitch. April, 2006.
The Astro Domes from the northeast, Joshua Tree NP  <br />
The Astro Domes from the northeast, Joshua Tree NP...
Astro Domes <br />photo by bob gaines
BETA PHOTO: Astro Domes
photo by bob gaines
Astro Domes. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Astro Domes.
Photo by Blitzo.
Astro Domes. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Astro Domes.
Photo by Blitzo.
bolt one at knees, bolt two a foot below top of pic
bolt one at knees, bolt two a foot below top of pi...
Astro Domes from the north
Astro Domes from the north
Comments on The Astro Domes Add Comment
Show which comments
By john durr
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Jun 4, 2014

I found a ring at the Astro Domes 16th May 2014. Private message me with some basic facts to claim if you wanted it back.

Cheers, John