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Chimney Spire 
Crystal Wall 

Chimney Rocks Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 36.654, -118.8667 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: limpingcrab on Nov 8, 2012
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The Chimney Rocks area is comprised of roughly six granite formations with routes from 1 pitch to 700 feet. There are dozens of beautiful climbs with everything from clean cracks to thin slab, and even some knobs. Many routes are trad, but close to 20 of the routes on Crystal Wall are bolted so there is something for everyone.

Chimney Spire, the most popular formation, has at least thirteen routes of it's own, with Duet (5.8++) being the most popular. The other formations include Chimney Rock, Crystal Wall, Dinner Wall, The Monk, Mocassin Ridge, and Sasquatch Spire. The area has a sporadic first ascent record as attention grew and wained over the years. Many of the routes were pioneered by employees at a nearby Christian Camp that is now closed.

Please respect seasonal falcon closures. Don't jeopardize access for the rest of us.

Getting There 

From Fresno take highway 180 east into Kings Canyon National Park. From Visalia take highway 198 east into Sequoia National Park. The two highways are connected and called the Generals Highway within the parks,

From the Generals Highway between the Big Baldy trailhead and the Stony Creek Lodge, take Road 14S29 West. There is a sign that reads "National Forest Organizational Camps, San Joaquin Far Horizons." Follow the main road and signs for about four miles to the end of the road.

At this point you can take a trail (by the old sign post) south to approach via Crystal Wall, or West to approach via Camp Ridge to the notch above Chimney Rock Spire. The trail West leaves from the north side of a downed tree that blocks part of the loop at the end of the road. The two trails can be connected by scrambling along the north side of Crystal Wall

Climbing Season

For the Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP area.

Weather station 7.6 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Chimney Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Chimney Rocks:
Duet   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Chimney Spire
Wall of Early Morning Fright   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Chimney Spire
He's Got Marty Feldman Eyes   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 300'   Crystal Wall
Kitty From Hell   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Chimney Spire
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Featured Route For Chimney Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: See that big crack in the right/center?  Climb it!

Wall of Early Morning Fright 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : ... : Chimney Spire
The old guidebook says, "Sustained, awkward and exposed. An excellent route." I have to agree with all three. P1: Climb the crack until you reach a two bolt belay on a small alcove before a short chimney/squeeze (5.9). P2: Climb the squeeze, then head up and left until you're on a large ledge with an alcove (optional belay). Chimney out of the alcove and follow the path of least resistance to the large boulder on top that's wrapped in old ropes. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Chimney Rock Spire
Rock Climbing Photo: Chimney Rocks from the west
Chimney Rocks from the west

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By limpingcrab
From: Visalia, CA
Apr 10, 2013
Closed from now until August 15th or further notice this year.

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