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The Solar Dome (aka LightHouse)

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Altoids On the Beach 
Baditude 
Burning Up The Hillside 
Fire Starter 
Homesteader, The 
Howl Of A Hungry Cat 
Lady Of The Light 
Lipstick Sunset 
Montana Floodgates 
Morning Sunshine 
Nimby 
Nuns on the Beach 
Walking On The Sun 
Waves of Rays 
Waves on the Beach 
Willie's Wake Up Call Girl 
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The Solar Dome (aka LightHouse) 


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Elevation: 7,600'
Location: 40.0057, -105.3953 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jan 1, 2001
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Description 

The Solar Dome is a small, non-descript crag up hill and a bit West of The Upper Security Risk. Really, it looks like a small improbable blob with little to offer. In fact, The Solar Dome is a well developed sport crag on short, but typical Boulder Canyon granite. Most routes are under 70 feet in length and have been well bolted. Surprisingly good climbing can be had for such short routes. Since the crag sits on top of the hill, it gets good sun all day long. However, it also picks up most of the bad weather blowing through Boulder Canyon. On a warm summer day, The Solar Dome is a great place to catch the rays and pick off a few good climbs. The climbing is largely 5.10 to 5.12, although a few very moderate lines have been installed. Presently, there are at least twenty routes in place with link-ups possible for many of these.

L->R:

A. Nimby, 7+, 1p, bolts.
B. Montana Floodgates, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
C. Burning Up The Hillside, 11-, 1p, 60' bolts.
D. The Homesteader, 11+, 1p, bolts.
E. Walking On The Sun, 12-, 1p, 45', bolts.
F. Altoids On The Beach, 8, 1p, bolts.
G. Waves On The Beach, 10, 1p, 80', bolts.
H. Waves Of Rays, 10, 1p, bolts.
I. Nuns On The Beach, 11+, 2 starts, 1p, 60', bolts.
J. Kelp Bed Freak Show, 11, 1p, bolts.
K. Baditude, 10, 1p, bolts.
L. Howl Of A Hungry Cat, 10+, 1p, bolts.
M. Lady Of The Light, 12-, 1p, bolts.
N. Uptown Venus, 12, 1p, bolts.
N1. Fire Starter, 10 or 11, 1p, 50', bolts.
O. Willie's Wake Up Call Girl, 11+, 1p, bolts.
P. Morning Sunshine, 7, 1p, bolts.

Below:

AA. Lipstick Sunset, 12, 1p, 30', bolts.
BB. The Tanning Block, 11+, 1p, bolts.
CC. Ice Hose Chopper Lunch Mob, 11, 1p, bolts.


Getting There 

The most hassle free approach to The Solar Dome is to hike up from The Upper Security Risk crag. This adds about 10 minutes to the hike up from Boulder Canyon making the entire walk at least 45 minutes. In the past, it was possible to approach The Solar Dome from the North, parking on the hill just before it drops down to Dream Canyon parking. This entails crossing private land, which has caused some trouble in the past several years and is to be avoided if possible. That said however, we have used the Northern approach after first checking with the land owners.


16 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',0],['5.10',4],['5.11',6],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=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 Solar Dome (aka LightHouse):
Lady Of The Light   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Montana Floodgates 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c  CO : Boulder Canyon : The Solar Dome (aka LightHo...
The next face climb left of Hillside, Montana Floodgates starts with hard move right off the deck. I thought it was a bit harder than 11a. The move right, around a blocky bulge was a little spooky, leading off in thin hands with sub-par feet. The climbing settles down a long way for seversal bolts, picking up a few good moves with in-obvious sequences higher up. Another great warm for the harder routes on the crag, or a fun romp by itself....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Michael Walker
From: Loveland, CO
Oct 29, 2001

Do not think that the long hike will mean fewer crowds! It's a good spot to meet and greet the sport climbing crowd.

By Chris Lee
Nov 12, 2002

Nice hike and scenic place to climb moderate routes. Thanks goes out to the people who installed the routes. Good job!

By Jeff St. Pierre
Jan 6, 2003

MMmmmm... Warm. Nice place in the cooler months, if there's not much wind.

By Luke
Nov 28, 2005

Climbed in short sleeves on Nov. 20, a day when the Boulder high was forecast around 55 (don't the know actual turned out to be down there but it felt warmer than that here.)

By S. Kimball
Dec 2, 2005

Do the climbing community a favor, drill a few more holes in this and return it back to the rubble heap it is.

By pfwein
Nov 15, 2008

Hmm, no one there (besides me/partner) on a lovely 50 degree (in Boulder, sunny, low wind) late fall Saturday. I guess crowds come and go.