Elevation: 450 ft
GPS: 35.441, -118.794 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Logan Ladd on Feb 7, 2013 · Updates
Admins: Matthew Fienup, Muscrat, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

The Kern river canyon is a lost and found again boulderers paradise! It has seen very few avid climbers, as the the climbing community is some what small. However lately it has seen a serge in new developement, (specifically for bouldering) in the lower canyon. There are dozens upon dozens of Granite stones in the river bed as well as all along the banks. Due to the fact that the kern river during the summer months is "ragging" the rock has become polished leaving many otherwise beautiful lines practically impossible. Yet the lines that have been established as of lately are ones worth doing and the potential for hard projects is endless!! Most of the rock here is quality even the polished stuff has potential. You just need to have a good eye and a positive attitude !The canyon is a quiet and peaceful place to spend the afternoon bouldering with friends. And everything is very accessable. Most of the stones are right of the road waiting to be climbed! Winter is for sure the best time to go. And for access to certain areas across the river it is a must.

Getting There

From Bakersfield: Drive East on HWY 178, this will take you all the way through the canyon up to Lake Isabella. But the bouldering it self starts as soon as you enter the canyon and is throughout. As you enter the canyon there are three main areas in the first three miles. The first is at the mouth of the canyon, you can park just before entering and bail off the side walking up canyon a couple hundred yards. The boulders will be obvious. The second area is a little less obvious as it is on the other side of the River. 1.9 miles from the mouth, there is a big dirt turn off. Park here and jump stones across. Boulders are directly across and up canyon. The third area is the 3 mile turn out. huge, cant miss it. Park walk up the road 50 yards or so and cross the road. You will see a nice staircase cut in the dirt, Take it down and follow path to boulders.

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