Kern Canyon Dome Rock Climbing
A granite dome shape climbing area. Has about 4 sport routes and another 4 trad routes with many belay bolt on top. Climbs range from 40 feet to 100+ feet. The dome is visible from the highway about 1,000 feet higher. There are some possible climbs on the approach up the hill. On the right side of the dome is a ridge that divides it into the "lower dome" (front) and the "upper dome" (right side). That ridge can be used to access the belay bolts to top rope the lower dome. The rock is poor on many climbs and crumbles loose. A fun place to explore but maybe only once.
Park in a turn out to the right (south 178) about 22 miles up the canyon going east and about a 1/2 below the road sigh that reads "Boreal Rd, 1 Mile", or 5.1 miles from the Lake Isabella exit going west. Looking north you will see the dome at the top of the hill. Cross the road and through a barb wire fence. Switch back your way up to the base of the dome. You will cross a bike/equestrian trial about 1/3 of the way up. It may be possible to access the dome from the back in a 4 wheel drive vehicle on Forest Route 22S06. Parking Lot is 35.58188/-118.54104
Climbing Season For the The Needles / Kern River area.
Weather station 10.2 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Kern Canyon Dome
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kern Canyon Dome:
Featured Route For Kern Canyon Dome
Crumbly Unknown 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CA
: Southern Sierra
: ... : Kern Canyon Dome
Third climb from the left on the upper dome. Starts just to the right of a large tree. The crux is near the second bolt. Slab climb after the 4th bolt and pro can be placed in the crack to the left or right. Crumbly rock. Rappel or hike up and right. Took some time to get to and past the second bolt. Well protected, and rated G....[more] Browse More Classics in CA