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Highlands Bouldering/Eli's Paradise

Highlands Bouldering/Eli's Paradise Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: Chad N in Central CA on Mar 5, 2010
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Description 

There was some climbing activity here back in the day (70's to mid 90's) when people camped nearby and park staff lived close by too. In the mid 90's, the Park Service management plan included building Wuksachi Lodge 8 miles away and far from the giant sequoia trees. All the campgrounds, cabins and services were then moved to Lodgepole and Wuksachi, putting this little area back under the radar. The restoration worked well, you'll be climbing right next the the giant sequoia trees and its a high bear traffic area. Enjoy!

I've heard this place called Eli's paradise, Highlands bouldering and the Giant Forest boulders. Whatever you call it, its a good area with some highballs, a few TR's and enough problems to keep busy for a sesh. Check out the 'diving board' tree that is in the meadow. A real giant sequoia diving board! There is a couple pages of literature on this area in the old Sequoia/Kings guidebook. Time Off Lieback (5.10) is one of my favorite boulder problems. A Definitive Journey 5.11c is a nice steep face climb (TR).

Getting There 

Park at the Giant Forest Museum, get on the Sunset Rock Trail, walk about one mile on this trail until you see a meadow and some giant boulders on your right. Go behind the big boulders and into the forest for more boulders.

Don't go to the end of the Sunset Rock Trail (1.7mi.) Walking time is about 10-15 mins.

Climbing Season

For the Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP area.

Weather station 1.3 miles from here


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