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 Dome Boulder
Bob Hedlund on the Dome boulder
The Dome Boulder
This 15-foot tall slabby wall sits just south of the top of Dome Rock near the mouth of Boulder Canyon. It has a long history of mellow bouldering on granite knobs, edges, underclings, and pin scars. While the wall offers a handful of moderate highballs on knobs and flaring cracks, its real value lies in the fun traverse, with its potential for many variations. Though the wall is only minutes from town, its isolated position and elevation above the road make for a unique "wilderness" experience.

Getting There: 10 -15 minute hike
Zero out your odometer at the mouth of Boulder Canyon when you cross the bridge over Boulder Creek (1.1 miles past the intersection of Canyon Blvd. and Ninth Street). Drive west on Highway 119 up the canyon for .5 miles and park in the huge parking space on the left. Dome Rock is across the river and up the hill, facing west. Click to view google map including Dome boulder.

Hike east, cross the bridge, immediately go right (off the main trail) along the river 200 feet, then hike up along the right (south) side of Dome Rock, until you're 80 feet below the top. Go up and angle right through a passage next to a big dead tree. The wall faces due south.

The hike in to the Dome boulder
Dome Boulder approach

Pros:
Close to town, can mostly mountain bike the approach if desired. Good stone. Varied holds. Southern exposure. Flat landings. Trad. climbing nearby. Dome block map.

Cons:
Small and easy, less than vertical slabby old-school area. Hiking is necessary. Road noise. Mostly traversing.


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