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Bubbs Creek Wall
Gorge of Despair, The
Hospital Rock Area
Lower Tokopah Dome
Moro Rock (SEKI)
Santa Cruz Dome
Tamarack Lake Area
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:
Saber Ridge traverse, south to north 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine, 20 pitches Tamarack Lake Area : Saber Ridge
Wall of Early Morning Fright 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 300' Chimney Rocks : Chimney Spire
The Regular Route (Castle Rock Spire) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2 Trad, Aid, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000' Castle Rocks : Castle Rock Spire
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The Regular Route (Castle Rock Spire) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2 CA : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : ... : Castle Rock Spire
The route originally went @ 5.8 A2 or so. The first free ascent went down in 83 By Dick Levarsee and Rob Raker(11b). From the notch there are variations to make the start harder.The rt starts on the se side of the spire. The first coupla pitches go moderately. (we linked em) The third pitch is a tunnel through (behind the Dark Tower), and down to the crux pitch (beautiful corner/roof 5.11+ or so) More moderate climbing brings you to the topout offwidth...and awesome views! The first ascent of ea...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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