Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Daff Dome

Daff Dome is just north-northwest of Fairview Dome in the Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite National Park. There are a number of fine 5th class routes on this dome, from 5.3 to around 5.12, with most of the routes in the 5.9 - 5.11 range. The easiest route to the top of this dome is 4th class, and friction 4th class at that, somewhat insecure. By far the most popular route on this dome is the classic West Crack, a 400 foot crack climb.

Directions

Daff Dome is on the north side of Highway 120, in the Tuolumne Meadows area, and the approach, at least to the west side routes, is short and pleasant. From the east side of the Sierra, take Highway 395 to Lee Vining, and turn westbound onto Highway 120. Follow 120 into Yosemite National Park, and continue through Tuolumne Meadows. Near the end of the Meadows, you will see Pothole Dome on the right (north) side of the road. Carry on around a long, gradual left-hand turn in the highway, past the parking area for Fairview Dome. Just befor you begin another left-hand turn, you will pass through a solid granite road cut. Daff Dome parking is on the north side of 120 just across from this road cut. From the west side of the Sierra, catch Hwy 120 either from Hwy 49 or Hwy 99, and follow the signs to Yosemite. Enter the Park, and watch for Crane Flat after a few miles. Hwy 120 heads to the north here, with the last chance for fuel until Lee Vining. Stay on 120 (there's nowhere to turn off anyway) for 45 minutes or so, passing Olmsted Point, Tenaya Lake, Pywiack Dome, and up on the east side of the road, Medlicott Dome, home of the famous Bachar-Yerian. Finally, you will see The Lamb on the right side of the road. Watch for the same granite road cut, and park on the other side of the road.