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The Area: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park (SEKI) is a land of giants. Near or within it's borders lie the largest trees on earth (Sequoias), the highest mountain in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney), arguably the deepest river canyon in North America (Kings below Spanish Mountain), the tallest granite dome in the Sierra (Tehipite), the longest cave in California (Lilburn), and steepest river in the United States (Kaweah). Scattered throughout these superlatives are high quality climbing areas where you can enjoy the beauty of these parks in relative solitude.
Weather and Roads
SEKI is the same as most of the Sierra; hot dry summers and cold snowy winters. This means that some roads get closed in the winter, but there is climbing at at least one of the areas year-round.
To access most areas in the Kings Canyon half of the park take Highway 180 out of Fresno. For the southern Sequoia areas the best approach is via highway 198 out of Visalia. A few backcountry spots around the Obelisk are accessed from trailheads near Wishon Reservoir. If you need more specific directions ask Google Maps for help.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP:
Wall of Early Morning Fright 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 300' Chimney Rocks : Chimney Spire
The Regular Route (Castle Rock Spire) 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a A2 Trad, Aid, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000' Castle Rocks : Castle Rock Spire
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Mt. Harrington, North Ridge 4th 1 2 I M 1b CA : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : The Gorge of Despair
No trip to The Gorge of Despair is complete without bagging Mt. Harrington via it's North Ridge on the way in or out. For any skilled rock climber this route is a short, exciting solo. Guidebooks give the climb a grade of class III, I would say that it is certainly class IV.The summit is spectacular. From the top of Harrington the west ridge of The Monarch Divide, called Junction Ridge, drops about 9000 feet in 9 miles to Yucca Point where the South Fork of The Kings River joins with The Middle ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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