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A cool little area with a selection of moderate slab routes and the odd crack. Clint Cummins has a good (albeit slightly out of date) topo available at http://web.stanford.edu/~clint/caldomes/silvstr2.pdf

Access issues inherited from Calaveras Dome Area

No access issues, as its located in National Forest.


Park on the left, just before a bridge that crosses from the north side of the river to the south side of the river. There's a large pin-scarred boulder right beside the parking, and bare slabs extend up the hill.

Walk up the slabs, trending left around the 30' cliff band at the top. Continue heading basically straight up (lots of poison oak!) until you reach the aqueduct. Turn right and follow this for several hundred yards until you reach the deer bridge.

Cross the deer bridge and once over (lots of fallen trees right here), trend left towards the open hillside. Ascend the hillside for two hundred yards or so and you'll reach the cliff at approximately Fickle Finger Crack.


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Grade Route

The obvious left-leaning splitter right about where you reach the cliff, with two new bolts leading up a slab to the start of the crack.

  1. 25m 5.8 Up the slab (2 bolts) to the crack, then following the crack to a chain belay. This pitch can be top-roped, but directionals are strongly recommended to avoid big swings.

  2. 25m 5.6 Walk right on the ledge (may be worth moving the belay) until you reach a pleasant little left facing corner crack. Up this to belay on the diagonal ramp.

4th class descent down the ramp to the left.


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