Charlotte Dome

Charlotte is the one of the southernmost granite domes in the Sierra. Its south face is one of the classic rock climbs in North America, despite its relative ease -- it goes at around 5.7, although it is extremely easy to stray off route onto harder climbing.

The dome sits just north of the intersection of Charlotte and Bubb Creeks in Kings Canyon National Park, just south of Gardiner Pass, and about 12 miles east of Kearsarge Pass.

The easiest approach to the dome is probably to come over Kearsarge Pass, but this approach is by no means a simply one. Camping is available at Charlotte Lake, 3-4 miles east, which offers bear boxes and a seasonal ranger station. The dome may also be approached from the West, leaving from Kings Canyon NP's Cedar Grove campground.

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Elevation (feet): 10,700
Elevation (meters): 3,261
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 36.7667
Longitude: -118.467
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Year first climbed: 1970
First successful climber(s): C. Jones, G. Rowell, F. Beckey
Nearest major airport: LAX; Fresno, CA
Convenient Center: Independence, CA; Kings Canyon NP

Thanks to Brian Reynolds for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 2 trip reports for Charlotte Dome.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #16844 - by Mark on Nov 02, 2001
    The South Face truly is a classic rock climb: fun, varied, colorful rock, & beautiful surroundings. You pull into each belay smiling and thinking each pitch is better than the last one! I don't...
  • Log #16845 - by Brian Reynolds on Sep 05, 2001
    Hell of a rock, ain't it? OK, so we didn't make it all the way up. Sitting in the saddle just short of the summit, tired as hell and without any technical gear, the last 30 feet of climbing up to the...