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Fish Creek near Kennedy Meadows

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Fish Creek near Kennedy Meadows  

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Submitted By: Randall Judycki on Jan 16, 2013
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Another route on the North Side of Overflow Dome. ...


Shady and sunny climbs. Can be windy and cold in the fall and spring. Very secluded. Rock type is a granite and quality is good to great.

Mostly sport ranging from 5.7 to 5.11.
Great place to go. Put it up as an institutional climbing site years ago. Never reported it because I wanted for my groups. Now that I am no longer in Cali. I will let this one out. Have fun.

There is one 3 pitch sport/trad route on the south west corner. Bolted anchors on the first 2 pitches and the top on the 3rd. walk off to the north.

Getting There 

Take 395 north from personsville to the Kennedy Meadows turn off of 395 (about 4 to 5 miles north of persosville. Look for the Chimney Peak sign. Drive about 20 to 25 miles to Kennedy Meadows store. From the store go to Fish campground on your left however, turn right on a dirt pad for over use camping. follow dirt road until you can go straight or left, go left. Once you make the left go about 100 yards and park.
Hike to the end of the road where you will see a motorcycle bridge, hike across the bridge, once across the bridge make a left and follow fish creek up stream until you see the rock.
The approach is about 15 min from the car.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.5 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Fish Spine 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c  CA : Southern Sierra : Fish Creek near Kennedy Mea...
Start at the pine tree below a small roof. Trad climbing to the right side of small roof then up a set of small cracks 5.6 past a small pine tree to a ledge. Continue to the left up easy climbing to a 2 bolt anchor below a small roof and below the arete. Climb to bolt on arete. clip bolt and ascend arete, protecting arete with small cam (a little spicy) At the top of the arete is a 2 bolt anchor ( short pitch) From here head to the top with sparse gear. Belay behind a large rock or make a gear a...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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route on the north side of Overflow Dome.  sandbag...
route on the north side of Overflow Dome. sandbag...
Looking up from the rest before the crux sequence....
Looking up from the rest before the crux sequence....
Climbing on Fish Ladder
Climbing on Fish Ladder

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By Tavis Ricksecker
From: Bishop, ca
Jun 7, 2014
Feel this area should be moved to other than "high sierra", as the rest of the routes contained in the "high sierra" section are alpine routes, this is a cragging area.
By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
Jun 8, 2014
Totally agree, Tavis. I've moved it to the Sonora Pass area.
By Brad Young
Jun 9, 2014

There are (at least) two Kennedy Meadows in the Sierra Nevada. The Kennedy Meadows near Sonora Pass is a major backpacking trailhead, and it is near a bunch of climbing.

The same is also true about the other Kennedy Meadows, the even bigger trailhead 20 to 25 miles off of Highway 395, south of Mount Whitney.

This Fish Creek area is near the southern Kennedy Meadows. It is not on Sonora Pass.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jun 9, 2014
Thank you, Brad, for clarifying that. I was having real issues with the Kennedy Meadows that Greg Vernon was always talking about (accessed from 395 near Pearsonville, CA) and why Justin had it listed near Sonora Pass.
By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
Jun 13, 2014
Thanks, I moved this crag to the Southern Sierra, and at least tagged the GPS of Kennedy Meadows. Such are the hazards of online navigation.
By romie81
Jul 17, 2014
Great place to beat the heat. As of 7/16/2014, there are 10 bolted routes, and several trad routes.
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