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Tree Route 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 500', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Jul 23, 2006

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Starting up pitch one of the Tree Route.

Description 

The Tree Route is the true "trade route" of Dome Rock--expect to wait in line.

P1 (5.5, ~110 ft.): follow an obvious hand crack that heads right and then diagonals left to a large yellow pine. An excellent hand jam between the giant conifer and the rock allows you to pull past the tree and onto a generous ledge. From the ledge, climb a slab past intermittent cracks to the belay stance above a second, smaller pine tree. Belay takes 1/2" to 3/4"

P2 (5.6, 120 feet): truly classic for the grade! Jam and lieback an obvious handcrack. Look for excellent foot holds on the face to the left. The first 80 feet or so is sustained 1/2-3/4". Either carry extra gear of this size or leap-frog your gear up the crack with you. When this crack tapers and disappears, step left and follow intermittent thin cracks (TCUs helpful) to an obvious triangle shaped ledge/basin. Belay here (belay takes 2.5" to 3.5"--I often use two #3 camalots).

P3 (5.5, 110 feet): follow a large (4 to 5") crack, which eventually tapers and turns to a shallow, right-facing corner. Belay on an obvious ledge with three bolts.

P4 (5.6, 180 feet): the technical crux and truly memorable! Step off the belay ledge onto a delicate 5.6 slab. Clip a bolt and hope your feet stick. The slab eases and then gives way to a two-foot "roof" (protected by a bomber 2" piece). From here, the technical difficulties are over. A 3rd class slab leads for over a hundred feet to an obvious horizontal crack. Belay here (belay takes 1/2" to 1-1/2"").


Location 

Hike down the northern slope of Dome Rock until the obvious pine trees come into view. The approach takes about 10 minutes.


Protection 

Small to 3.5", especially 1/2" to 3/4"



Photos of Tree Route Slideshow Add Photo
Looking up the third pitch, or the second pitch if you do the route in two pitches.
Looking up the third pitch, or the second pitch if...
Marisa Fienup nears the top of P2 on the Tree Route.
Marisa Fienup nears the top of P2 on the Tree Rout...
Here is what remains of the incense cedar that used to mark the end of P1 of Tree Route, at Dome Rock.
Here is what remains of the incense cedar that use...
Nate Conroy enjoys outstanding jams and liebacking on the second pitch of "Tree Route."
Nate Conroy enjoys outstanding jams and liebacking...
A look down Pitch 3 of "Tree Route"
A look down Pitch 3 of "Tree Route"
Looking down the "3rd" pitch.  You can easily continue to the top from here...
Looking down the "3rd" pitch. You can easily cont...
Marina Amador leading pitch 2 on her first trad lead. She did an awesome job leading all 4 pitches.
Marina Amador leading pitch 2 on her first trad le...
Scott Perry of Santa Barbara leads the first pitch of Tree Route, at Dome Rock.
Scott Perry of Santa Barbara leads the first pitch...
The unmistakable, namesake trees, Dome Rock
The unmistakable, namesake trees, Dome Rock
Matt Grieger nears the anchor atop pitch 3 of "Tree Route" as the Needles loom in the distance.
Matt Grieger nears the anchor atop pitch 3 of "Tre...
Looking down the exquisite second pitch.
Looking down the exquisite second pitch.
The fun Pitch 4.
The fun Pitch 4.
First pitch
First pitch
Gigi flys up p2 of the Tree Route
Gigi flys up p2 of the Tree Route
They're gone!! The two small conifers that marked the end of pitch one have left the wall. The incense cedar was found lying at the base of the route. May they rest in peace.
They're gone!! The two small conifers that marked ...
 Nathan Scherneck and Sheila Romane on the first pitch.
Nathan Scherneck and Sheila Romane on the first p...
Doug Steigerwald belays at the start of P2 of Tree Route, at Dome Rock. Visible near the beautifully stacked climbing rope is the remains of the root system of the (namesake) incense cedar that used to mark the belay stance.
Doug Steigerwald belays at the start of P2 of Tree...
Agina Sedler almost to the second belay.
Agina Sedler almost to the second belay.
Casting off on the stellar second pitch of Tree Route, at Dome Rock
Casting off on the stellar second pitch of Tree Ro...
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By Steve Powell
From: Alhambra, California
Dec 21, 2006

fun. the last pitch is excellent

By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
Jul 21, 2007

On a weekday we were lucky to have this fun little romp all to ourselves. Very friendly rock, and straightforward with easy routefinding. Description above is great. Feet stuck like glue to this rock. I felt like this was a soft 5.6. ie; definitely not like a slippery, "I want to go back home to Red Rock" Eldo 5.6, or a "You've got to be kidding" J-Tree 5.6, or like a "No f-ing way" Tahquitz 5.6. The Tree Route made me so happy that I was almost a Tree Hugger for a split second.

It was a perfect climb to finish off our nice rafting trip.
Thanks Matthew F. for posting this on M.P.! : )

By AndrewinLyons
Jun 13, 2008

What fun! This is the most fun easy route I have ever encountered. Not much to say other than GO CLIMB IT. Nice views of the Needles, too. Stick the tree-handjam. Very unique!

By Isaac T.
From: Rockville, MD
Jun 23, 2008
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

when facing the top of the dome (from the parking lot) hike off to the left it is much faster this way. I went right and found the motorcycle remains and a few sweet looking boulders but the approach took more like 30 minutes!

By Carl A
From: brooklyn, ny
Nov 8, 2008

One million stars!

By ttriche
From: Altadena, CA
Nov 24, 2008

This is also a fun solo. Very secure and you won't be in anyone's way.

By Greg G
From: SLC, UT
Jun 11, 2009

ANTS everywhere in the bottom of the first pitch crack. 4/29/09

By Matthew Fienup
Administrator
From: Ventura, CA
Aug 11, 2009

I was able to link the first and second pitches by doing 30-40 feet of simul-climbing. Does anyone know if a 70m rope is long enough to connect these two pitches?

By IanBarrett
From: rifle, CO
Feb 22, 2010

Great barefoot route! (If you are into that!??) Minus a flat tire leaving the parking lot. It was a great evening route to bring a red delicious on if camping at the needles.

By The Gray Tradster
Jul 30, 2010

Thee BEST!

5.6 in the southern half of the state.

The definition of fun climbing.

No matter what level I was climbing at we always ran up this one on the way out of the Needles.

I've lost track of the number of times I've done it.

One of the trees is now dead though.

Gone like an old friend.

By Jay Eggleston
From: Littleton
Jun 14, 2011

Fun and easy. Ants at the tree and first belay. Best to do the route in two pitches by linking one and two and three and four.

By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Jun 15, 2011

Yes, a 70 reaches for the first 2 pitches. Make sure to go around the right side of the tree so your rope doesn't "bother" it... Such a great beginner's route. Varied climbing with slab and crack moves on great rock with great protection.

By kennoyce
From: Layton, UT
Aug 8, 2011
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Super fun route. First pitch follows an ant filled crack and is quite enjoyable as long as you don't pay attention to all of the ants that are everywhere. The second pitch is absoutely classic, I don't know the last time I had that much fun on something this easy! Make sure to bring a couple of number 3 camalots for the third pitch, the first 30 feet of the third pitch along with the belay atop the second pitch are perfect #3 size (I only brought one and had to use #2 camalots for the belay which made it a bit low for comfort). The fourth pitch was the least memorable of the climb, it consists of a single 5.5 or 5.4 move off of the belay ledge to gain great holds that take you to the bolt, after the bolt the rock gets even more slabby and is more like 4th class up to the "roof" which gives you one more 5.supereasy move before it mellows to third class for the rest of the pitch

By Greg G
From: SLC, UT
May 29, 2012

the small tree at the first belay is dead as a doornail, and waiting to come off. I tried to pry it out the other day, but it only sways side to side just enough to freak you out, but not enough to be removed from the crack so be careful everyone!

By Brian Chastain
Jun 26, 2012

Why on gods green earth, in this case brown, would you try to remove the tree Greg C? Is that something you do in Utah because as far as I know, we don't do that around here.

By Justin Tomlinson
From: Monrovia, CA
Aug 22, 2012

On the fourth pitch, going up and right on a series of small but easy ledges leads to the dihedral. Go this way for technically easier climbing than going to the bolt.

From what I've been told, that is The Tree Route. The bolt is on a different climb.

By Ted Sumers
Jun 3, 2013

Fight for the second pitch!

By Matthew Fienup
Administrator
From: Ventura, CA
Jun 11, 2013

Have to agree with Ted. You're a chump if you don't get to lead the 2nd pitch. If swinging leads, this also sets you up for the fourth (crux) pitch!

By Mark Fletcher
Nov 5, 2013

The small tree shown in the photograph and mentioned at the end of the first pitch (not the huge yellow pine tree along the first pitch) was not there when I climbed this route last weekend. The climb is four pitches as described, but if you belay partway up the crack, you can do the entire climb in three 180' pitches to the very top. The slab above the bolt looks fairly blank, but is easy friction due to the low angle. You can also traverse right to a dihedral, which can be followed for about 20' and then traverse back to the left.