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Calaveras Dome

Geologic Feature
Calaveras Dome – Katherine Evatt and Pete Bell

Calaveras Dome is a 1,200 foot granite dome above the North Fork of the Mokelumne River near Salt Springs Reservoir.

Recreational Opportunities

Rock climbing on Calaveras Dome and nearby Hammer Dome include quintessential climbs. On Cal Dome you'll find routes called Old Smokey 5.9, War of the Walls 10c, Tsunami 11c, Beacons from Mars 10d, Green Sponge 10b and Silk Road 11b. The east face also has several classic aid lines, from A2 to A4. Shorter routes are available and some top-roping is possible.

The rock remained untouched until the early seventies. In 1972 one of the most aesthetic lines on Hammer Dome, Gemini Cracks, was climbed. The party used the opportunity to examine the massive "Cal" Dome directly across the river from them. The next year "Green Sponge" was climbed

Camping nearby in three primitive US Forest Service campgrounds. Climbing year round is possible with the base of the domes at 4000ft. Summer time can be exceedingly hot on the exposed faces, but if you know how to work it, shade can be found all day. A cool dip on the river tops it off. Class V whitewater boating in late spring, early summer. Fishing, hiking, swimming, birding, wildflower watching.


Seasons Accessible

Year round access from Tiger Creek Road near Pioneer. Spring through fall access from Ellis and Panther Creek Roads south of Highway 88.

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