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Salmon Creek Falls Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Jim H on Aug 31, 2015
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Sport climbs in a narrow canyon near the falls. The hike is short, but slightly strenuous to an incredible secluded canyon waterfall with ~14 routes bolted along the orange rock beside the waterfall.

Routes are mostly in the 5.10 range, if you have added info please help me build this page, or take this chance to go exploring.

Getting There 

The falls are less than 1 mile from the trialhead along an easy access path.
From Kernville drive north on the Kern River Highway ~11.6 miles and look for a dirt road turning sharply to the right and heading up into the mountains. If you see a wooden sign saying "Salmon Creek" then you've JUST missed it. The road is bumpy and may require some clearance. Follow this dirt road to a three-way junction. Take a sharp left to continue going uphill. You'll stay on this road for a short while, staying straight at the four-way intersection toward Salmon Creek (the sign reads RINCON TRAIL 33E23). The road ends at the California Aqueduct where it enters a tunnel in the side of the mountain. The hike starts just above where the aqueduct enters the mountain.

Climbing Season

For the The Needles / Kern River area.

Weather station 8.3 miles from here

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By Ryan Nevius
From: Estes Park, Colorado
Sep 6, 2015
The original name of this place is "Valhalla."
By ray munoz
Oct 10, 2015
what are the routes rated ?
By Guy Keesee
From: Moorpark, CA
Jan 26, 2016
Only one is 5.10... the first one on your right as you enter the canyon. Bolts plus gear... 120 feet long if I recall. Can't lower with a 60m without shenanigans. One of the best ones here.
Next to it a 5.11 b/c?? I have never touched it .
The next 4 or 5 climbs are all 13... again I have never touched, belayed Eric on one of the 12s marked in the guide. All he said was "yea right.."

Keep going and you slip into a alcove, Flight of the Valkyries... 11b? but bold and burly and long and another 11 starts here and is doable.

up river toward the falls... its wet.. there are a few climbs, none Easy...

The north side ... steep, hard climbs all 5.11+

You can make out the rim of the canyon to the north... Get up to here by walking around the canyon on the north side and you have arrived at "Sunny Valhalla" just a bit up hill from this is "upper sunny Valhalla" these two cliffs sport 5.9 to 5.11 semi sport climbs... you can get gear in( small rack, .25 to 2 inch) to keep it sane. Sunny can all be top roped on a winters day while you roast.
Herb is the man who made these little cold weather gems.

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