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Areas in Southern Sierra

Balloon Dome 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Balls, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Courtright Reservoir 69 / 22 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 92 / 92
Domeland Wilderness 18 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20 / 20
Fish Creek near Kennedy Meadows 1 / 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Fresno Dome (Wamello) Area 13 / 44 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 57
Graveyard Peak 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Hoffman Mountain 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Lewis Creek 1 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Needles / Kern River, The 142 / 56 / 24 / 11 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 211
Patterson Bluff 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Rancheria Falls - Ice Climb 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Rise Again Rock 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Shaver Lake Bouldering 0 / 0 / 1 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Shuteye Ridge 72 / 86 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 158
Squarenail 3 / 14 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Tollhouse Rock 24 / 15 / 8 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 39
Upper Jackass Lake 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Wilderness Wall 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Wimovi Pluton 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Yeti Dome (aka Musick Mountain) 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1

Description

The Sierra Nevada covers a huge geographical area. Dividing this into Southern and Northern regions is an attempt to create a more logical, manageable, and hopefully user-friendly structure. The Sonora Pass Highway (108) area is used as a boundary between Southern and Northern regions.

For information about the Eastern Sierra (Bishop, Mammoth, etc), refer to the Sierra Eastside section of the site.

For information about alpine routes including Charlotte Dome, please refer to the High Sierra section of the site.

The National Parks have their own dedicated sections. See Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP and Yosemite National Park.

Getting There

Tollhouse Rock, Courtright Reservoir, Yeti Dome (aka Musick Mountain) and Wilderness Wall are approached via Hwy 168 out of Fresno.

Fresno Dome (Wamello) Area is accessed from Hwy 41 out of Oakhurst.

Kings Canyon and Moro Rock (SEKI) are accessed by vehicle either from Hwy 180 from the northwest via Fresno, or by Hwy 198 from the southwest via Three Rivers.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Southern Sierra

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 86
Tollhouse Traverse
Trad 4 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 180
Tree Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 51
The Lieback
Trad 2 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
 161
White Punks on Dope
Trad 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 124
Spooky
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 57
Imaginary Voyage
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 294
Igor Unchained
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 58
Innersanctum
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 75
The Howling
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 233
Airy Interlude
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 94
Anti-Jello Crack
Trad 4 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 218
Thin Ice
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 112
Fancy Free
Trad 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 75
The Don Juan Wall
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 81
Atlantis
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tollhouse Traverse Tollhouse Rock > Main Wall
 86
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 4 pitches
Tree Route Needles / Kern… > Dome Rock
 180
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
The Lieback Needles / Kern… > Kernville Rock (a.k.a…
 51
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
White Punks on Dope Needles / Kern… > Needles > Voodoo Dome
 161
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 6 pitches
Spooky Needles / Kern… > Needles > Charlatan
 124
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Imaginary Voyage Needles / Kern… > Needles > Warlock
 57
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Igor Unchained Needles / Kern… > Needles > Witch
 294
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Innersanctum Needles / Kern… > Needles > Witch
 58
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
The Howling Needles / Kern… > Needles > Warlock
 75
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Airy Interlude Needles / Kern… > Needles > Witch
 233
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Anti-Jello Crack Needles / Kern… > Dome Rock
 94
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Thin Ice Needles / Kern… > Needles > Sorcerer
 218
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Fancy Free Needles / Kern… > Needles > Charlatan
 112
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
The Don Juan Wall Needles / Kern… > Needles > Sorcerer
 75
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
Atlantis Needles / Kern… > Needles > Sorcerer
 81
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad 4 pitches
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A new guidebook (June 2016) is available for Kern Slabs and New Directions Cliffs atkernvalleyclimbs.com featuring approximately 100 climbs Jun 19, 2016
Sean P. Sullivan
Clovis, Ca
Sean P. Sullivan   Clovis, Ca
Does anyone know of any recorded climbs up Dogtooth peak in the Dinky Lakes area? Besides summit climbs? Aug 19, 2016
Sean P. Sullivan
Clovis, Ca
Sean P. Sullivan   Clovis, Ca
Just moved back to the area. Always looking for climbing partners. PM me if you need to get on some rock!! I live in Clovis off the 168 a short jog up to tollhouse and squarenail. Jan 17, 2017

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