Calaveras Dome & Hammer Dome
Stanislaus National Forest, California
1-2 days / Cost: $375.00 per person/ per day with 1 Climber
1-2 days / Cost: $225.00 per person / per day with 2 Climbers
Sitting in the Central Sierra between Kirkwood and Bear Valley sits a massive granite rock dome rivaling in size most of the domes in Yosemite. Calaveras Dome and it’s neighboring Hammer Dome host over 50 routes to choose from. Most of which are long engaging multi-pitch rock climbs. Some of which as long as 1,20oft in length. These are big walls and offer some of the best climbing in California outside of Yosemite.
Calaveras Dome Classics:
Old Smokey 5.9 III – 7 to 9 pitches of climbing depending on how it is climbed. Don’t let the 5.9 rating fool you this is an old-school route and rewarding for the climb
Sands of Time 5.9 IV – This 11-pitch route on Calaveras Dome offers the best moderate route on the dome.
Wall of Worlds 5.10c IV – Not you mothers 5.10c. This is a physical and challenging climb.
Hammer Dome Classics:
Gemini Cracks 5.8 – This multi-pitch route on Hammer Dome hosts is one of the best 5.8 finger cracks in California. The name is given by the two beautiful parallel cracks on the fourth pitch. The right crack is said to be 5.10.
Wings and Stings 5.7 – Come prepared with strong forearms for 3 pitches of stellar lie back climbing. This climb is one of the most popular climbs in the area though we are often the only party climbing the route mid-week
Sea of Holes 5.10a – This 5 pitch 5.10 climb might be the marquee route on the Hammer Dome.
Departure: Bear Valley, California
Group Size: Limited to 2 clients
Guide to client ratio: 1:2
Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced rock climbing skills, ability to follow 5.7 – 5.11, knowledge of proper knots, belays, and excellent physical conditioning.
Best Season: Calaveras Dome and Hammer Dome are best climbed in Spring and Fall.