Elevation: 4,119 ft
GPS: 36.029, -118.47 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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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

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

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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
 229
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
 203
White Punks on Dope
Trad 6 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 79
Imaginary Voyage
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 164
Spooky
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 78
Innersanctum
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 370
Igor Unchained
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 107
The Howling
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 282
Airy Interlude
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 120
Anti-Jello Crack
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 258
Thin Ice
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 144
Fancy Free
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5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
 53
Spook Book
Trad 4 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 99
The Don Juan Wall
Trad 5 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 101
Atlantis
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tree Route Dome Rock
 229
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
 203
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 6 pitches
Imaginary Voyage Needles > Warlock
 79
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Spooky Needles > Charlatan
 164
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Innersanctum Needles > Witch
 78
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Igor Unchained Needles > Witch
 370
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
The Howling Needles > Warlock
 107
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Airy Interlude Needles > Witch
 282
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Anti-Jello Crack Dome Rock
 120
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Thin Ice Needles > Sorcerer
 258
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Fancy Free Needles > Charlatan
 144
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Spook Book Needles > Witch
 53
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R Trad 4 pitches
The Don Juan Wall Needles > Sorcerer
 99
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
Atlantis Needles > Sorcerer
 101
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad 4 pitches
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