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> Southern Sierra
> Needles / Kern River
New Directions consists of seven, and counting, relatively compact climbing areas: Parking Lot Rock, The Globule, Middle Cliff, Heart Rock, Rusty Nail, Nowhere Man, The Asylum, and The Morgue. All areas can be seen from the road as you approach.The areas are located about a half mile north of Kernville Rock (Kern Slabs). For great pictures, history, route beta and etc, get the local guide here: kernvalleyclimbs.com/ The climbing is substantially steep slab, with old school ratings. Clean rock, good sun exposure for late fall, winter and early spring. Can be HOT in summer. Kern River is 3 minute hike from the parking area.
~5 miles from Kernville on the Mountain Hwy 99 you will pass Camp 3. Approximately 1/2 mile past Camp 3 sign you will see a small sign on your right "Chico Flats". Park here. The main trail leaves the pullout just before here, up and parallel to the road, well marked with cairns.