Someone has been busy putting up new routes on the W. Face of Hawk Dome in the last few years. There are at least 3 moderate (5.7-5.9) mostly sport routes. The routes are steep with lots of big chickenheads and really fun climbing. Good bolts and good anchors. Most routes it's also nice to have a few long slings for slinging chickenheads. There are also 2 new sport routes at the base that are both in the 5.10a/b range (these two routes can be top roped). From where these two 5.10 routes end on an obvious ledge is the beginning of two of the routes mentioned above. You can also walk onto this obvious ledge if you want to avoid the 5.10 stuff.
We usually put on rock shoes and stash gear at the notch just before heading down the steep gulley to get to the base of the routes on the W. Face of Hawk Dome.
From the summit of Hawk Dome pick the path of least resistance (3-4th class) back down to the obvious notch between HD and Fresno Dome.
Submitted by: fishtrap on 2007-07-25
Route ID: 87236