Fresno Dome

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Fresno Dome
Fresno Dome 2004.jpg
Fresno Dome's northern face as seen from the Fresno Dome trail.
Elevation 7,544 ft (2,299 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 260[1]
Location Sierra National Forest,
Madera County, California, U.S.
Range Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 37°27′16″N 119°32′12″W / 37.4543843°N 119.5365338°W / 37.4543843; -119.5365338Coordinates: 37°27′16″N 119°32′12″W / 37.4543843°N 119.5365338°W / 37.4543843; -119.5365338[2]
Topo map USGS White Chief Mountains
Type Granite dome
Age of rock Cretaceous

Fresno Dome is a dominant granite dome rising in isolation above the forest of Soquel Meadow in the Sierra National Forest in Madera County, California.

The dome as known to the Mono Indians as "the greeting place" ("wah-me-yelo"). John Muir encountered Fresno Dome, calling it "Wamello", in the 1870s, and used its summit to locate Fresno Grove (now known as Nelder Grove).[3][4]

It is accessible by a trailhead which is a three-mile drive from the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway (part of the National Scenic Byway system). The nearest town is Bass Lake, California, 9.1 miles (14.6 km) to the south.

At its base, sits the Fresno Dome campground, a backwoods campground accessible only by jeep trails. The campground is a favorite spot for deer hunters and is largely empty other than during deer season. The dome offers several technical free climbs rated class 5 or better.,[5] with "South Pillar" rated at 5.7.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Fresno Dome, California". 
  2. ^ "Fresno Dome". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkley: Wilderness Press. p. 75. ISBN 0899971199. 
  4. ^ a b "Fresno Dome aka Wamello". Mountain project, Inc. 
  5. ^ Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. p. 149. ISBN 9780871561473.