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Regular Route (Castle Rock Spire), The T 

Castle Rock Spire Rock Climbing 


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Location: 36.4333, -118.6833 View Map  Incorrect?
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castle rocks from the south face moro route

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Description 

These two walls face each other. Most routes on Castle Rock Spire get sun in the a.m. and The Fin gets afternoon sun (depending on which rt.). Like most alpine peaks, it can get windy. This area is not crowded, due to a burly approach. Quality rock and amazing views...huge adventure! The Spire is said to have seen less than sixty ascents.

Getting There 

Sequoia Nat. Park, Paradise Creek Tr. starts near Hospital rock. Also approached via Mineral King Tr.

R.J. Secor's "Peaks, Passes and Trails" has full details.
The Moser guidebook "Kings Canyon, Sequoia" is helpful yet vague.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.7 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Castle Rock Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Castle Rock Spire:
The Regular Route (Castle Rock Spire)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2     Trad, Aid, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Regular route and Spikes Haridoo

The Regular Route (Castle Rock Spire) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2  CA : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : ... : Castle Rock Spire
The route originally went @ 5.8 A2 or so. The first free ascent went down in 83 By Dick Levarsee and Rob Raker(11b). From the notch there are variations to make the start harder.The rt starts on the se side of the spire. The first coupla pitches go moderately. (we linked em) The third pitch is a tunnel through (behind the Dark Tower), and down to the crux pitch (beautiful corner/roof 5.11+ or so) More moderate climbing brings you to the topout offwidth...and awesome views! The first ascent of ea...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Castle Rock Spire Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Bill on the summit.
Bill on the summit.
Rock Climbing Photo: Castle Rocks SEKI CA
Castle Rocks SEKI CA
Rock Climbing Photo: CRS seen from below.
CRS seen from below.
Rock Climbing Photo: We made it! Pretty happy moment for me.
We made it! Pretty happy moment for me.
Rock Climbing Photo: Castle Rock Spire area. Photo by Blitzo.
Castle Rock Spire area. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The jungle. This is after the PO, we have changed ...
The jungle. This is after the PO, we have changed ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Taking a rest break.
Taking a rest break.
Rock Climbing Photo: The fin
The fin
Rock Climbing Photo: The cool belay spot. After the crux and some 5.9 y...
The cool belay spot. After the crux and some 5.9 y...
Rock Climbing Photo: CRS view from Moro Rock
CRS view from Moro Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Castle Rock Spire and the Fin as seen from bobcat ...
Castle Rock Spire and the Fin as seen from bobcat ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Best Bivi spot. Located on the Fin.
BETA PHOTO: Best Bivi spot. Located on the Fin.
Rock Climbing Photo: The approach from atwell mill
The approach from atwell mill
Rock Climbing Photo: CRS as seen from the Fin.
BETA PHOTO: CRS as seen from the Fin.
Rock Climbing Photo: The spire
The spire
Rock Climbing Photo: Crux pitch, 5.11b
Crux pitch, 5.11b

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By limpingcrab
From: Visalia, CA
Jul 24, 2013
Descent can now be done with one 70m rope via the East Face route.

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