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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jun 18, 2006
Admins: Matthew Fienup, Muscrat, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

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

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

243 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Needles / Kern River

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 202
Tree Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 54
The Lieback
Trad 2 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
 175
White Punks on Dope
Trad 6 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 68
Imaginary Voyage
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 142
Spooky
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 66
Innersanctum
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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 325
Igor Unchained
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 86
The Howling
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 257
Airy Interlude
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 99
Anti-Jello Crack
Trad 4 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 238
Thin Ice
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 123
Fancy Free
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5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
 44
Spook Book
Trad 4 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 83
The Don Juan Wall
Trad 5 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 87
Atlantis
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tree Route Dome Rock
 202
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
The Lieback Kernville Rock (a.k.a…
 54
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
White Punks on Dope Needles > Voodoo Dome
 175
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 6 pitches
Imaginary Voyage Needles > Warlock
 68
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Spooky Needles > Charlatan
 142
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Innersanctum Needles > Witch
 66
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Igor Unchained Needles > Witch
 325
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
The Howling Needles > Warlock
 86
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Airy Interlude Needles > Witch
 257
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Anti-Jello Crack Dome Rock
 99
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Thin Ice Needles > Sorcerer
 238
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Fancy Free Needles > Charlatan
 123
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Spook Book Needles > Witch
 44
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R Trad 4 pitches
The Don Juan Wall Needles > Sorcerer
 83
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
Atlantis Needles > Sorcerer
 87
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad 4 pitches
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