Off-trail to Domes Viewpoint
ElevationAscent: 2' 1 m
Descent: -345' -105 m
High: 7,477' 2,279 m
Low: 7,133' 2,174 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“Off-trail route follows a flowery gently-slopping ridge to viewpoints of Radiant Dome, North Domes, and Stegosaurus Fin.”— Lee Watts
The ridge has scattered trees and blooming California lilac bushes (ceanothus). I was there probably only 2-3 weeks after the snow melted. There were numerous, gently sloping, sandy drainage paths that were covered with tiny flowers that came in many colors. There are open views in all directions of the surrounding domes. The local rock formation have numerous undercuts. I saw one succession of undercuts that created a tunnel that you could hike through (stooped) for about 30 yards.
You can hike out as far as you want or climb one of the small domes on the ridge to get a better view. To climb any of the major domes (Radiant, North Domes, or Stegosaurus Fin), you just veer off the ridge and drop down, not very steeply, 400 feet to the bottom of a shallow canyon at the base of the specific rock formation.
To return, just head back to the saddle between Bart Dome and the unnamed domes.
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