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Elevation: 4,117 ft 1,255 m
GPS: 36.02916, -118.46983
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The upper Kern River Valley, in Sequoia National Forest, is a true outdoor paradise. The area is home to outstanding white water kayaking, fishing, mountain biking and hiking. Natural wonders include the "Grand Canyon of the Kern River" (a scenic waterway cut by the mighty Kern), the southern-most stand of old-growth Giant Sequoias and countless waterfalls, natural water slides, and plunge pools.

AND THEN THERE'S THE CLIMBING.

The area is home to the world famous Needles and several other truly outstanding formations, including Dome Rock and Elephant Knob. It has been said that the Needles themselves are home to the highest density of classic routes anywhere. This is not an overstatement. The overshadowed lesser formations are worthwhile destinations in their own right and should not be overlooked.

Getting There Suggest change

The Kern River Valley is quite large, so for directions see the description for the specific sub-area you wish to visit

544 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Southern Sierra - The Needles, Kern River, Domelands, etc.

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 261
Tree Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 60
The Lieback
Trad 2 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
 225
White Punks on Dope
Trad 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 174
Spooky
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 398
Igor Unchained
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 302
Airy Interlude
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 128
Anti-Jello Crack
Trad 4 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 278
Thin Ice
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 150
Fancy Free
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
 58
Spook Book
Trad 4 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 108
The Don Juan Wall
Trad 5 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 113
Atlantis
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5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
 45
Ankles Away
Trad 2 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 31
Scirocco
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 37
Romantic Warrior
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tree Route Dome Rock
 261
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
The Lieback Kernville Rock (a.k.a…
 60
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
White Punks on Dope Needles > Voodoo Dome
 225
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 6 pitches
Spooky Needles > Charlatan
 174
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Igor Unchained Needles > Witch
 398
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Airy Interlude Needles > Witch
 302
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Anti-Jello Crack Dome Rock
 128
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Thin Ice Needles > Sorcerer
 278
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Fancy Free Needles > Charlatan
 150
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Spook Book Needles > Witch
 58
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R Trad 4 pitches
The Don Juan Wall Needles > Sorcerer
 108
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
Atlantis Needles > Sorcerer
 113
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad 4 pitches
Ankles Away Needles > Witch
 45
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Scirocco Needles > Sorcerer
 31
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Romantic Warrior Needles > Warlock
 37
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 9 pitches
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