Roadside Crag Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Summit pose! Just a quick visual on what the prote...
Almost vertical craggy climb, 40ft, pretty solid granite, has good cracks to place tons of stoppers/cams, has good footholds and a few good fist jams in there. I never see anyone there, about 30 ft from the road, good spot to set up at the bottom.
Two sets of two bolt hangers on the top for rappel, but they go over an edge so bring that old water hose. You can hike off the back around to the right (watch your step, its steep and gravelly).
Bring your brand new shiny set of BD stoppers or a set of cams if you're lazy like me. I used 5 stoppers and one #2 cam, and made my own master point at the top using a double length sling. See attached photos.
Shaded until around 11:00am during summer months.
Take Rosedale/24th Street/the 178 into the Kern River Canyon, and once you pass the death toll sign continue for around 3 miles until you see a large turnout on the left, and a smaller one on the right. Pull over on the right and look to your right.
Climbing Season For the The Needles / Kern River area.
Weather station 3.9 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Roadside Crag
By Ryan Nevius
From: The Range of Light
Jul 9, 2012
This area already has a name. It's called "Roadside Crag." The route in the picture is "Center Crack" and goes at 5.5. There's also "Right Crack" 5.5 that follows the crack on the right side of the photo, and "Roadside Arete" 5.9 on the right side of the formation (out of the photo). There's also a fun bolted .10d called "Blacky" located about 80 yards North of this formation.
By Shawn H
Jun 6, 2016
Sweet little Crag you can mess around on. All Granite, single pitch trad and Sport Climbs Available. You can find 6 or more fun climbs here, perfect for beginner trad climbing. This is about 100' off the road and u can easily make the approach in flip flops. Flip flops you say?? Yea, because afterwards you can take a refreshing dip in the river across the street! :)
From the mouth of the canyon go approx 3.3 mi and the Crag will be on the right. Best option is to find it using the photo. There will be a turnout on both the right hand side as well as the left.