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Lower Kern River Canyon

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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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Sunset from 'The Mouth' craig


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

For the The Needles / Kern River area.

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

40 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',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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Here Comes The Rain 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  California : Southern Sierra : ... : Kern Canyon MBC
The crux is the second move right below a nice jug next to the crack. Just follow the straight up to a single belay hook. You can scramble up the left of the route to put up a top rope. There's stinging needle bushes in the area, so be careful....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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