conditions at the needles/kern river?


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Mike Kim · · Queens,Ny · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 0

or when does the season usually begin?

Cimbing Ivy · · bay area, CA · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 195

anyone has been to the Needles this season yet?  would appreciate any first person account on latest conditions!

C Brooks · · Fresno, CA · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 461

The lower road was washed out this winter. It's under repair. Call the ranger station to get an updated opening date.

Cimbing Ivy · · bay area, CA · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 195

Thanks for the heads up!

Mike Kim · · Queens,Ny · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 0

yea thanks for info man

Roddy McCalley · · Joshua Tree, CA · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 0

That road usually opens in late May.  This was a big snow year so maybe not till June.  You can park at Dome Rock and hike/bushwhack to the upper formations, or drive the lower road (which is open much earlier) to park for Voodoo Dome and climb White Punks on Dope and some other great routes down there.  Also the cragging at Dome Rock is really fun

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 105

Hold on ......    you don't walk to the Needles from Dome Rock.

Both Roads are still closed.....   the upper Dirt Road is about a 3 mile walk to the normal camping spot, it's another 2.5 miles to the first formation from there. 

The lower road is also closed, I do know people who ride bikes, on the paved road to Needlerock Creek, camp there and hike up to Voodo Dome. 

https://www.mountainproject.com/forum/topic/112845820/needles-road

For more info....  

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 105

Oh... part two .....   The Kern River spots, Like Valhalla, New Directions, Kern Slab and such are open now....   but it gets hot. Valhalla might be wet from the spray. 

As soon as the Sherman Pass and the Cherry Hill roads open..it will be on for this year.


Mike Kim · · Queens,Ny · Joined Dec 2012 · Points: 0

thanks man.. very helpful. appreciate it

Chris Dunn 510 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 0
Guy Keesee wrote:

Oh... part two .....   The Kern River spots, Like Valhalla, New Directions, Kern Slab and such are open now....   but it gets hot. Valhalla might be wet from the spray. 

As soon as the Sherman Pass and the Cherry Hill roads open..it will be on for this year.

Was thinking of  going to Valhalla this weekend to see  what the conditions are like, mainly to get on Valkyrie. Would love to make it out to the church area a few time this year. The Taylor meadow area is one of my favorite places!

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 105
Chris Dunn 510 wrote:

Taylor is still closed... The Church Domes have some really fine climbing.... but the road is almost the last one to get opened up each season. That has been my go to Memorial Day trip for the last 10 years or so.... keep calling the Rangers offices... keep calling... everyday.

Chris Dunn 510 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 0

Really want to make at least one trip to Bart dome this year.

Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 105
Guy Keesee · · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 105

The season is starting......   this will be a great year for all the DomeLands... the springs will be working, no need to carry water. 

Christopher Rein · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 10

Bump - anyone hear anything about the road for this long weekend? Called the ranger station last week and the guy said it was 50/50.

Chris Dunn 510 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 0

No, but made it in to dome rock this last weekend. Always a good option while the weather is fair.

nathanael · · Riverside, CA · Joined May 2011 · Points: 204
Christopher Rein wrote:

Bump - anyone hear anything about the road for this long weekend? Called the ranger station last week and the guy said it was 50/50.

I called yesterday and he said no go. If I didn't have other plans this week I'd probably go up there and just hike the extra miles and bivy between the formations, but that's just because I really want to climb up there.

David S. · · San Francisco, CA · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 10

Nathanael, Christoper Rein-- which ranger station do you call? Never been but hoping to get some beta straight from the horse's mouth.

David S. · · San Francisco, CA · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 10

Op never mind I learned to read the Description portion of The Needles MP page.

Christopher Rein · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 10

Anyone know the water situation? If I plan to hike in to the formations do I need to pack in water for a few days or is there a better option?

Thanks!

Chris Dunn 510 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 0
Christopher Rein wrote:

Anyone know the water situation? If I plan to hike in to the formations do I need to pack in water for a few days or is there a better option?

Thanks!

Probably a good idea to pack it in, 

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