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Lower Kern River Canyon  Rock Climbing 


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Location: 35.43935, -118.79622 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Shawn H on Jun 5, 2016
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Description 

Everything south of Lake Isabella is considered the "Lower Kern". I decided to split this up so that it is easier to find as well as designate which of the Dozen or so craigs belong here.
Many climbs are right off the 178, some as close as right at the turn out. A few require some hiking, including crossing the river for areas like the gym

Getting There 

-From Fwy 58 either direction, get off at Comanche Dr and drive North approx 4-5 mi and take a right onto the 178.
-From Fwy 99 either direction, take Ca178 E and follow Rosedale Hwy through town. It will turn into a fwy temporarily and when it becomes a regular road again just follow the 178 to the mouth of the canyon

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.0 miles from here

39 Total Climbing Routes

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['<=5.6',7],['5.7',1],['5.8',4],['5.9',12],['5.10',5],['5.11',0],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',4],['V6-7',4],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Kern River Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Kern River Canyon :
Dihedral Fun   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Kern Canyon Dome
Arête    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Roadside Crag
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Featured Route For Lower Kern River Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo for Top Rope Face

Top Rock Face 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13  California : Southern Sierra : ... : Kern Canyon MBC
The crux is about 20' up on the face. The bad is that rock is a little bit flaky, but sustainable. You top out with the belay hock for Top Rope Crack....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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